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Getting to Undetectable: People Living With HIV Share Their Stories

April 12, 2013


Joe Ohmer

Joe Ohmer

Bronx, N.Y.; Diagnosed in 2002

Eight months after I was diagnosed with HIV, my gastroenterologist that was taking care of my liver issues did some blood work, and my HIV viral load was undetectable without any medication. I didn't realize that that was anything significant or insignificant at the time, until maybe eight or 10 years later when my GI doctor mentioned it to me. I went on a regimen of Epivir (lamivudine -- also used to treat HIV, in different combinations with a higher dose) and Hepsera (adefovir) for my hepatitis B, which since I've been on it has been undetectable as well. Except for one blip, my HIV viral load has been undetectable.

Recently, my GI doctor, who's the same one who saw me initially, brought up that I was undetectable before I went on any regimen.

Read the rest of Joe's unusual story of being undetectable without medication.

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