Will HIV tests be positive if viral load is undetectable?
If my viral load is undetectable and I do an HIV test, will it show a positive result?
Viral load tests look for how much virus can be found in a sample of blood.
HIV tests looks for whether your immune system has ever been in contact with HIV.
As immune responses stay with you for life, even when there is no detectable viral load, the HIV test should always be positive.
Even if an HIV cure is found, the HIV antibody test is likely to still be positive for most people.
However, sometimes people who start ART very soon after infection, might test negative with rapid HIV tests. This is a test problem, thoough – the person still has HIV. Please see this report for details.