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What Is Undetectable?

If you take your ARVs every day, you can achieve an undetectable viral load in as little as 6 months.

The time it takes for HIV to become Undetectable might differ for every person living with HIV.

When you have an Undetectable viral load you can:

  • Live a long and healthy life
  • Have a strong body (immune system) to fight off illness
  • Look and feel great.
  • Visit the clinic less often and collect your ARVs at convenient pick-up points without visiting the clinic.

Even when you are undetectable and untransmittable and feeling well you must keep taking your ARVs EVERY DAY.

What Is Undetectable?

Untransmittable means that the virus cannot be passed, through the blood or sexual fluids, to another person or your unborn baby.

The virus is still there but, because there is so little of it in your body, you cannot pass the HIV on. When you cannot pass the HIV on this is called Untransmittable.

When the virus is Untransmittable there are benefits for you, your partner, your family and your community.

Remember to keep using a condom to prevent:

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Unplanned pregnancy

Next Steps: Reaching U=U

When you are undetectable, you are untransmittable. This means you have reached U=U. To understand what U=U means and the benefits thereof, click here.