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What Does Undetectable Viral Load Mean

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what do "blip, undetectable and viral load terms" mean

gooday doctorjust turned positive and i am learning about the disease,i would be glad if you could explain what do the terms i have stated meanthankyou...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
VIral load is the amount of HIV that is in a quantity of blood plasma. It is usually presented as copies/mL. Undetectable viral load means the viral load in blood is < 50 copies/mL. A blip usually refers to a low detectable viral load after one... Read more »

The real meaning of undetectable (UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD, 2010)

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Fact Sheet: Undetectable Viral Load

The term "undetectable viral load" pops up everywhere from lab reports and medical journals to social media and dating apps. Here are some key terms and concepts to help HIV-positive and HIV-negative folks understand and explore what "undetectable"... Read more »
TheBody.com

Will Your Next Viral Load Be as Undetectable as the Last? Study Says: Probably

If your past several viral load test results have been undetectable, there's about a 95 percent chance that your next one will be, too, according to a large Swiss study published in the May 6 issue of HIV Medicine , the official journal of the... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Undetectable Viral Load Essentially Eliminates HIV Transmission Risk in Straight Couples

A recent review indicated that heterosexual serodiscordant couples have a low risk of HIV transmission if the HIV-infected partner has an undetectable viral load as a result of successful antiretroviral (ARV) therapy. The study by the National AIDS... Read more »
The Center for AIDS

HIV Can Be Found in Semen Even When Viral Load Is Undetectable in Blood

HIV can be detected in semen of men who have an undetectable viral load in blood, according to results of a 304-man study. 1 This finding underlines the importance of using condoms when having sex, even if a man is taking antiretroviral therapy... Read more »
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Is the Viral Load really undetectable.

Posted by Atheena, 1 Reply
I have submitted my question to "Ask the Experts" section. Just curious on how others are thinking about this.

Dr.....
I was wondering about how well we are able to track the viral load accurately. I watch my lab results, nothing changes, and... Read more »

What do they mean by undetectable?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
when some people with HIV who are taking medicines say they are undetectable, do they mean that when they are tested, the results come back negative?
if so, does that happen with all the tests available out there or just with some of them?
thanks.




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Viral load 334,000 to undetectable in 5 months

Posted by DJones, 3 Replies
Just wanted to give some people hope. In January 2009 I was diagnosed with AIDS and had a viral load of 334,000 and a TCell count of 106. In five months on Atripla I now am undetectable and have a TCell count of 284. So there is good news out... Read more »

Cat Scratch and Undetectable Viral Load

Posted by qqq1, 1 Reply
I recently had an encounter with a guy where pre cum got on my hand and shirt. I found out that he is hiv positive with an undetectable viral load, so he claims. After the incident I believe I washed my hands, but precum was still on my shirt and... Read more »