What is a normal viral load?
The results of a viral load test are described as the number of copies of HIV RNA in a millilitre of blood.
But your doctor will normally just talk about your viral load as a number.
For example, a viral load of 10,000 would be considered low; 100,000 would be considered high..
What is considered an undetectable viral load?
The point at which a viral load is classified as being undetectable may vary across different countries depending on the tests available. But so long as your viral load is under 200 copies per millilitre, you’re considered virally suppressed and unable to pass HIV on.
Can I test negative if my viral load is undetectable?
Antibodies are still present in individuals living with HIV—even people who have suppressed their viral load. That means people living with HIV will still test positive for HIV on an antibody HIV test even if their viral load is undetectable.
Is Undetectable the same as negative?
Being HIV positive and having an undetectable viral load would be considered the same thing as being HIV negative. … Unfortunately, unless those of us who are HIV positive become more open about our status and stop hiding behind the stigma, things most likely won’t change overnight.
What does it mean if the viral load is 20?
Viral load is measured in units called ‘copies’. The standard blood tests used in UK clinics can measure viral load down to 20 or 50 copies per millilitre of blood. Anything less than this is called ‘undetectable’. If someone has an undetectable viral load, it does not mean they are cured of HIV.
What will happen if I skip my ARV for 2 days?
Missing doses of HIV medicines can reduce their usefulness and increase the possibility of developing drug resistance, which makes certain HIV drugs lose their effectiveness. If you realize you have missed a dose, go ahead and take the medication as soon as you can, then take the next dose at your usual scheduled time.