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My viral load is 49, am I undetectable?

Hi my viral load is 49 and my CD4 count is 900, does this mean am undetectable?


Thanks for getting in touch.

Yes you’re undetectable, you’re undetectable because your viral load is less than 50 copies ml. This is great news. Your HIV is under control.


  1. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Amogelang,

    If there has been a change in the constancy of your periods since starting ARVs, this is something that you need to talk to your doctor about as this is unlikely to be ARV related.

  2. Amogelang

    Jelly like periods since am taking ARV’s

  3. Roy Trevelion

    Hi Mpumi,

    I’m sorry to hear about your mother’s recent diagnosis. And I’m sorry that she’s been so unwell.

    But it’s good that she’s now taking ARVs and isoniazid. Treating HIV and meningitis can be complex. But can you talk to her doctor and ask about how the treatment is going? Especially as she is weak and maybe not able to discuss this herself.

    If you have access to her CD4 count and viral load results, please let us know what they are.

    If you live in South Africa you can contact the Treatment Action Campaign at this contact link. They can help with locl support.

  4. Mpumi

    good day please help my 56 year old mother recently got diagnosed with the HIV in November and they say it was hidden all along as in 2014 she was diagnosed with the meningitis and she underwent treatment for 9 months tests were done but they didn’t detect the HIV now the reason she tested in November was because of too much bowel movements to the point that we no longer knew what to do so in November she tested and immediately started with ARVs as well as Winthrop isonized, last month they changed her ARVs from the ones with white bottle to the blue smaller bottle ones bowel movements have come back and she’s jus not mentally stable and very weak and slow speech how do I help

  5. Roy Trevelion

    Hi Mavis,

    This sounds like it’s good news. When we start HIV treatment (ART) it dramtically reduces the viral load very quickly. Please see this page from ART in Pictures that shows how this works.

    And so if your doctor has told you HIV has reached the detectable limit, it could mean that it can no longer be detected.

    Please ask your doctor if that’s what they meant.

  6. Mavis

    Hi I was told that my viral load has reached detectable limit what does that mean?? Thanks


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