Having an undetectable viral load means that your HIV meds are working properly. It doesn’t mean HIV is completely gone from your body, but rather that it is at levels too low to be detected by lab tests. Being undetectable also means that it’s nearly impossible to transmit HIV to your sexual partners. It’s important to get your viral load checked regularly. POZ recently asked you about your undetectable status. Here are your responses.
How long has your viral load been undetectable?
53% more than 5 years
24% 2–5 years
13% 1–2 years
10% less than one year
When was the last time you had your viral load checked?
67% 0–3 months ago
27% 3–6 months ago
4% 6–9 months ago
1% 9–12 months ago
1% more than 12 months ago
Has a sex partner ever asked whether or not you are undetectable?
Has your viral load ever gone from undetectable back to detectable?
Have you ever switched your HIV meds because of your viral load?
How likely are you to engage in condomless sex if your viral load is undetectable?
28% Very likely
36% Somewhat likely
36% Not at all likely
How likely are you to disclose your HIV status to a potential sex partner if your viral load is undetectable?
65% Very likely
23% Somewhat likely
12% Not at all likely