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Not having a low viral load (not being virally suppressed) ?

What is not having a low viral load (not being virally suppressed)?

Viral load is the amount of HIV in the blood of someone who is HIV-positive. Not being virally suppressed means that you have a high level of HIV in your blood.

What we know about not having a low viral load (not being virally suppressed):

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When your viral load is high, you have more HIV in your body. Someone who maintains a high viral load will have health problems and is also much more likely to transmit HIV to sexual and drug-using partners. Without HIV treatment, someone who is not virally suppressed will eventually develop AIDS. With HIV treatment and viral suppression, people with HIV can live long, healthy lives and are much less likely to transmit HIV to their partners.

What you can do

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Additional Resources

Learn about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's HIV prevention campaigns:

Act Against AIDS: Encouraging all Americans to learn more about HIV/AIDS.