Question: Can I Infect Someone If I Am Undetectable?

Can I infect my partner with an undetectable viral load?

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..

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.

What is a bad 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.

Can an undetectable person test negative?

You will still test positive for HIV if you are undetectable. HIV tests usually detect antibodies, which are part of your immune system’s response to HIV. People living with HIV who are undetectable still have antibodies to HIV which means you will test positive for HIV even if you have an undetectable viral load.

Should I take PrEP if my partner is undetectable?

PrEP and/ or condoms are not necessary to prevent HIV when the sexual partner has an undetectable viral load. Having an undetectable viral load, using PrEP and using condoms are all HIV prevention strategies that people can choose to use alone or in combination.

Can I test negative if my viral load is undetectable?

The bottom line is that if you’re living with HIV and have an undetectable viral load, you will still test positive for HIV if you get tested. But, this is expected, and doesn’t mean that your treatment is not working or that you aren’t undetectable.

How long does ARV last in the body?

ARV drugs keep HIV under control, but they don’t stay in your body for a long time, so you have to keep topping them up. If you stop taking your HIV drugs, then your viral load will go up. This means HIV can damage your immune system, and that you are more likely to pass HIV on.

Can you give blood if you are undetectable?

However, these antiretroviral drugs do not fully eliminate the virus from the body, and donated blood can potentially still transmit HIV infection to a transfusion recipient. Although undetectable still equals untransmissible for sexual transmission (U = Usex), this does not apply to transfusion transmission.

How long can you stay undetectable?

A person’s viral load is considered “durably undetectable” when all viral load test results are undetectable for at least six months after their first undetectable test result. This means that most people will need to be on treatment for 7 to 12 months to have a durably undetectable viral load.

Do you have to tell someone you are undetectable?

If I have an undetectable viral load or use a condom, do I still need to disclose my status to sexual partners? In most states with an HIV-specific criminal law, your viral load is not a factor in whether you must disclose your HIV-positive status; a few states, however, do take condom use into account.

What happens if I forgot to take my ARVs?

IF YOU FORGET to take your ARVs at your chosen time it is BETTER TO TAKE LATE than not to take at all. If you remember to take your ARVs every single day, every week, every month then the HIV in the your body will not get the chance to grow and become resistant.