Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
   
Ask the Experts About

Safe Sex and HIV PreventionSafe Sex and HIV Prevention
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


no viral load means what?
May 19, 2010

Dr Bob, i've been diagnosed positive today while my doctor told me that a treatment can bring my viral load to zero. Does that mean that one day I can dream of being HIV negative, and does that mean i can become HIV free? Thank you for your support while I trust your reply, Sam

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Sam,

Your doctor was incorrect if he told you he could bring your HIV plasma viral load to zero. Most likely what he said (or at least meant) was that with successful combination antiretroviral therapy he could drive your HIV plasma viral load down to "undetectable" levels. That's very different from zero virus. Zero virus would be a cure and we do not yet have a cure for HIV. All HIV viral load tests have limits of detection down to which they can measure HIV. Below this level HIV is still present; we just can't detect it with our currently available HIV viral load tests. Think of hiding 5,000 needles in a haystack. If you search and search, you may find 4,000 or even 4,500, whatever. Chances are there will be some needles you won't be able to find. This would be analogous to HIV remaining in the blood even when someone's HIV viral load result is "undetectable." You can read more about this in the archives of this forum and elsewhere on this site. Also, I'd suggest you check out the "Just Diagnosed" chapter on The Body's homepage.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



Previous
Please Dr. Bob, I'm worried sick. Please, please help me.
Next
Concerned about infecting via car accident

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

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.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement