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Offline dramablaq

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Introduction dramablaq - Undetectable?
« on: February 01, 2020, 01:19:13 pm »
So. I went to the doctor last month. My viral load test read` "detected", <20. the test i had prior to that stated the same. the last time I received a status like this was in 2015. and after that they have all read "undetectable"  my viral load tests have all read as undetectable  since 2016. what does that "detected", <20 mean?  i only go to the doctor once every 6 months so i am assuming that good?

Am i still U=U?
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Re: Introduction dramablaq - Undetectable?
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2020, 01:38:34 pm »
Hiya

Welcome to the forum.
Asides from having great lab results, how are you feeling and been getting on?

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So. I went to the doctor last month. My viral load test read` "detected", <20. the test i had prior to that stated the same. the last time I received a status like this was in 2015. and after that they have all read "undetectable"  my viral load tests have all read as undetectable  since 2016. what does that "detected", <20 mean?  i only go to the doctor once every 6 months so i am assuming that good?

Am i still U=U?

I presume you are still taking your meds, in that case, your grand.

All this result means is HIV was detected but below any quantifiable level by the test. So, in this case, it's less than 20 copies. Could just a few defective copies, either way, nothing to worry about.

You are still undetectable in terms of TaSP (U=U) as that's generally seen as anything below 200 copies and, in terms of treatment most doctors will classify  anything below 50 copies as suppressed or undetectable

Best, Jim

Q&A on this topic that might help.

https://www.healio.com/infectious-disease/hiv-aids/news/online/%7B8373ca63-674d-4015-ac35-f4da653c7415%7D/qa-understanding-persistent-low-level-viremia-in-people-with-hiv

Low-level blips & treatment

Viral Blips Donít Raise the Risk of HIV Treatment Failure
https://www.poz.com/article/viral-blips-raise-risk-hiv-treatment-failure

http://www.aidsmap.com/Spanish-study-gives-reassurance-small-HIV-blips-do-not-predict-treatment-failure/page/3085173/

Blips
http://i-base.info/guides/changing/viral-load-blips

TaSP U=U
https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=71864.0

A person living with HIV (PLHIV), who is on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) and has achieved an undetectable viral load* in their blood for at least 6 months, can not sexually transmit HIV.

This is also known as Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U)

(*undetectable viral load defined as less than 200 copies/milliliter)
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