What does Undetectable mean?

What does Undetectable mean?

Undetectable is a term used in the HIV community and describes whether HIV is detectable in someone’s bloodstream. People who are “undetectable” cannot pass on HIV to sexual partners. Undectable happens when someone’s viral load or the amount of the virus in the bloodstream is so low it becomes undetectable. It doesn’t mean, however, that HIV is not present.

An undetectable load can be achieved when a person diagnosed with HIV is following medical advice from their doctors and managing their illness properly – mainly through the use of medication. It can take up to six months for someone’s viral load to become undetectable.


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