Getting to Undetectable: People Living With HIV Share Their Stories

Getting to Undetectable: People Living With HIV Share Their Stories

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An undetectable viral load: the point at which HIV, though still present, cannot be found in a person's blood with the most sensitive tests available. It's a powerful concept with profound implications for the life of a person living with HIV (and his or her partner). However, according to the U.S. HIV care continuum, for a host of complex reasons, 70 percent of people living with HIV in the U.S. have not reached the point of viral suppression. (Among some specific groups in the U.S., that number is even larger.) For many of those that have, reaching that point was a major milestone in their lives. We asked people living with HIV to contribute thoughts and stories about getting their own viral loads to undetectable.

An undetectable viral load: the point at which HIV, though still present, cannot be found in a person's blood with the most sensitive tests available. It's a powerful concept with profound implications for the life of a person living with HIV (and his or her partner). However, according to the U.S. HIV care continuum, for a host of complex reasons, 70 percent of people living with HIV in the U.S. have not reached the point of viral suppression. (Among some specific groups in the U.S., that number is even larger.) For many of those that have, reaching that point was a major milestone in their lives. We asked people living with HIV to contribute thoughts and stories about getting their own viral loads to undetectable.