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Undetectable viral load

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UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD

November 25th, 2014

This is the goal of treatment. When an HIV-positive person is in treatment, the objective is to gradually reduce the amount of virus in their blood to the point where it’s no longer detectable. In Quebec, a viral load of 40 copies per ml is considered undetectable. Anything under this limit is an indication that the disease is less active, thus allowing the immune system to recover, and the person to stay in good health. An undetectable viral load significantly reduces the risk of transmission from a very high risk level, to a very low risk level*.

*According to the INSPQ experts consensus, the risk of transmission from sexual relations without a condom is reduced from a high level to a negligible level when six conditions are met.

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