How Long Can You Stay Undetectable?

Can a person taking Arvs test negative?

The World Health Organization already recommends that people living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy refrain from performing self-tests due to the risk of obtaining false-negative results..

Is it possible to test negative while your partner is positive?

A: It is quite common for one partner to test positive and the other negative, even if they have been having sex without condoms. Mostly this is explained by luck and the role of other risk factors. Over time, most people will catch HIV if they continue to be at risk.

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.

Can you stay undetectable forever?

Once the viral load is undetectable, does it stay that way forever? No. Viral load can fluctuate and small “blips” can occur, but they’re fairly rare. Regular viral load monitoring is recommended because even if you always remember to take your meds, other health issues may have an impact.

Is Undetectable the same as negative?

In the world of HIV, is being undetectable the new “HIV negative”? The virus has not been eliminated even though it’s not detectable. And yet, at an undetectable level, the concentration of the virus is so minute it doesn’t pack the same wallop as an untethered, rapidly multiplying HIV viral load. HIV is the culprit.

Can I infect my partner with an undetectable viral load?

Having an undetectable viral load does mean that there is not enough HIV in your body fluids to pass HIV on during sex. In other words, you are not infectious. For as long as your viral load stays undetectable, your chance of passing on HIV to a sexual partner is zero.

Can I test negative if my viral load is undetectable?

If you’re undetectable, you will still test positive for HIV. This is expected, and doesn’t mean that your treatment is not working.

Does undetectable mean Untransmittable?

“Undetectable” describes when the copies of HIV in a person’s blood is so low that it does not show up on a lab test. The test measures a person’s “viral load.” “Untransmittable” means that a person living with HIV has virtually no chance of transmitting the HIV virus to someone else through sexual contact.

What is the normal CD4 count for a healthy person?

A normal CD4 count ranges from 500–1,200 cells/mm3 in adults and teens. In general, a normal CD4 count means that your immune system is not yet significantly affected by HIV infection.

Can you go from undetectable to detectable?

Being undetectable does not mean that you are cured of HIV. … It may take between a week to several weeks after stopping HIV treatment for HIV to become detectable again, but people will see the levels of virus in their body go up to detectable levels.

Is undetectable safe?

CDC Agrees That Person with Undetectable HIV Cannot Transmit the Virus. The agency has adopted the widely accepted position that an HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load cannot pass the virus through unprotected sex. If you can’t detect it, you can’t transmit it.

Can I infect my partner while on Arvs?

People living with HIV who take antiretroviral medications daily as prescribed and who achieve and then maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner.