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What if viral load is undetectable?

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What if the viral load is undetectable?

If your HIV viral load becomes undetectable (doesn't show up on tests), can you stop treatment?

Having an undetectable viral load tells us that the anti-HIV medications are working. An undetectable viral load doesn't mean the HIV virus has been eradicated from your body, though. Even though the virus is undetectable in the blood, it is still hidden in other parts of your body, such as the brain, reproductive organs, and lymph nodes. If you stop treatment, the virus will start reproducing again and your viral load will increase, putting your health at risk.