HIV transmission from a non-detectable positive
Jan 13, 2004
I have heard some people with HIV referred to as being "non-detectable positive". Does this mean that people can be HIV positive but have such a low viral load that they test negative? If so, can such people transmit HIV? In other words, does one need to be concerned about getting HIV from someone (in a monogamous relationship) who has been very promiscuous, yet tests negative?
Response from Dr. Frascino
You are confusing two different tests here. The tests for detecting whether or not someone is HIV-positive (ELISA tests, antibody tests, confirmatory Western Blot tests) will always remain positive in a person infected with the virus. The "non-detectable" terminology refers to a completely different type of test that measures viral load (how actively the virus is replicating). These tests can measure down to a certain level. Below that, we say a person is "non-detectable." That person would still test HIV-positive, despite his/her non-detectable viral load. I hope that answers your questions.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Groin Pain After Barebacking Worried I Have HIV
- Itchy Red Spots After Touching Blood Sign Of HIV AIDS
- White Discharge After Touching Vaginal Fluid Worried I Have HIV
- White Spots After Deep Kissing Worried I Have HIV
- Can You Get Hep C From Kissing A Hep C Infected Person?
- Clear Your Reproductive System Of Hpv Warts
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.