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What Does Undetectable Mean?

What Does Undetectable Mean?

What's in my blood that will indicate that I am HIV undetectable? Is there some kind of dormant or "dead copy" of the virus that confirms that? Otherwise, if it's GONE, why are we still taking the meds? Thanks.

A myHIVteam Member said:

Few copies of the Body Snatchers.
Only their still snatching. Almost 23 years with the medications and now I have to die. It takes its toll on your organs. My Heart first with open heart surgery in 2009, Mitral valve replacement, to now my kidneys going.
Just because the virus is under wraps, so to speak, doesn't mean you are well. You pay a price for this sooner or later.

posted about 4 years ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

WE are STILL taking HIV Meds because there is NO CURE, thus far Released to cure this Multi BILLION DOLLAR Industry (That WE Are) Curing HIV could Collapse an entire Big Pharma company-s. As far as the 0=0/U=U "Story" The bottom line is...... in this case a viral load of 200 copies per Milliliter of Blood is what they consider 0/U. This is where it gets Confusing. We want a higher CD 4 cell count But these Cells are where the virus is Replicated. So we Take Meds to suppress V-L, while trying to build up our Immune system. Viral Load comes from T- Cell/CD 4, where the virus mutates. If this makes you sick to your stomach,... it should...! This is why Our Bodies are in a Constant state of Conflict/Confusion. The birth and death cycle of HIV. And trying to stay Healthy. In closing... If you Stop your HIV meds.. You will face Certain Death, because it does not take long for HIV to soon become AIDS. Without treatment People are Still Dying all over the world, Right Here, Right Now. Sorry to be so grim, but somehow, someone needs to speak the Truth about this Horrible Reality.

P.S. GlennLT, Happy Anniversary August 13th. (Also My birthday "1961")

edited, originally posted about 4 years ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

Undetectable means the the count is less than 10 or 20 so can’t be detected but you still have the virus and an hiv test will show as positive.

On the other side U=U Undetectable=Untransmittable!

posted about 4 years ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

The virus never leaves your body. The meds just stop if from multiplying and it lays dormant. As long as you stay on your meds, the virus will remain suppressed.

posted about 4 years ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

u still have it, your undetectable, but its still present in the blood stream just so few that they can pick it up

posted about 4 years ago
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