Jul 19, 2019

Is HIV Always Detectable?

Keith Varnes

You are told in report that your patient has a history of HIV, the chart 
states HIV negative. Can both be correct? Actually, yes.

People who take antiretroviral therapy (ART) daily as prescribed can 
achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load (the amount of HIV in 
the blood). Also, those who maintain an undetectable viral load cannot 
sexually transmit the virus to others.

To put it simply: Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U). You will probably start noticing more U=U 
informational campaigns going on.

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Keith Varnes

Keith Varnes, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, is the company founder, President, and chief visionary of Respiratory Associates. He creates content for our Live and Real-Time Live Broadcast continuing education courses. He has been in the respiratory field since 1983 enjoying a diverse career including DME, software development, agency staffing, and working at a level 1 trauma center. He is also an ACLS and PALS instructor.

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