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What if viral load is undetectable?

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If the viral load is undetectable, can you stop treatment?

Having a viral load below levels that laboratory tests can measure (this is called a suppressed viral load, or sometimes 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 not detected in the blood, it is still present in other parts of your body, such as the lymph nodes, brain, and reproductive organs. If you stop treatment, the virus will start reproducing again and your viral load will increase, putting your health at risk.