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#AskTheHIVDoc Episode 6: What Does It Mean to Be 'Undetectable?'

#AskTheHIVDoc Episode 6: What Does It Mean to Be 'Undetectable?'


Maybe you've only heard it before, but what does it exactly mean if a person with HIV is "undetectable?"

There is a lot of jargon when it comes to the way people address HIV, and “undetectable” is one of those terms that you've probably heard but some don't quite understand. Well, Dr. Demetre is here to help to define the popular term in the sixth installment of #AskTheHIVDoc on YouTube.

“Viral load measures the amount of virus in someone’s blood. The goal when people are on medications is to get them ‘undetectable,’” he explains. “There’s not enough virus detected in their blood for a test to pick it up.”

Whether a person is undetectable comes with a number of implications for transmission of the virus. Watch Dr. Demetre expand further on what it means to be “undetectable”  in the video clip below.

#AskTheHIVDoc is a YouTube series created by the Greater Than AIDS organization to help gay men learn more about HIV and sexual health through honest, fun, and no-nonsense discussions. For more information, visit

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