Will I always test HIV positive even with undetectable viral load?
If I am undetectable and I take a common HIV test, will the result be positive or negative?
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Even when someones viral load is undetectable, they will always test positive for HIV.
This is because the HIV test looks for whether your immune system has reacted to HIV. Even if a cure for HIV is discovered, this immune test will still be positive.
Viral load looks directly for the virus. Having an undetectable viral load on treatment is very good. It means that so long as you keep taking your meds you will net get drug resistance.
It also means that your partners are protected from HIV, even if you do not use a condom.