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Question

Does a detectable viral load mean HIV resistance?

My viral load has been undetectable for years, now it is 50. I am very compliant with my medication. Is this resistance and is it expected?

Answer

Hi, how are you?

It is good to hear that you are good taking your meds. You latest result does not mean anything has changed. Different tests will have different levels at which they can detect viral load. A viral load of 50 means your medication is still working.

This is a link to a previous question with further information.

Have you had a second test? When there is an increase, a second test is usually offered to confirm the result. This is because when viral load does go up, there is a risk of resistance. Though this is much more likely a ‘blip’ which can be caused by a number of things inc. infection, or a recent vaccination.

If you have another question let us know,

Josh.

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