Undetectable

WHAT DOES UNDETECTABLE MEAN?

A viral load test will be able to show how much HIV is present in the blood.

 

The goal of HIV Treatment is to get the levels down to ‘undetectable’.  This does not mean that the HIV is gone, it means that the amount of HIV cannot be detected using current tests.  The results are given per millilitre of blood and generally speaking, if the results are undetectable, this means that there are fewer than 50, 40 or sometimes 20, copies per ml.

 

The Condoms in the Post Scheme provides condoms to anyone living with HIV in the North West of England, who is already known to George House Trust.

 

Many women have had babies who are HIV negative when the mother was living with HIV.  Less than one baby in a hundred contracts HIV during pregnancy, which means that over 99% of babies who are delivered to women living with HIV in the UK are born HIV-free.  Medical help is readily available for all HIV positive mothers-to-be and you should speak to your HIV consultant if you are planning to have a baby.

 

HIV consultants will not prescribe medication which is not directly related to HIV.  Therefore other health professionals including GPs and dentists will need to be involved in managing your overall health.  Many people are worried about confidentiality when disclosing their HIV status to other health professionals.  It is important to understand that your GP and dentist will work to the same confidentiality guidelines as your HIV team.  You should not be treated differently because of your HIV status.  For example, many people believe that if they disclose to their dentist they will be mad

The dietary guidance for someone living with HIV is more or less the same as for anyone else. It is important to keep an eye on your cholesterol so cutting down on processed meats, fats and sugars could be beneficial.

 

It is also important to have a balanced diet that includes the main food groups to include carbohydrates, protein and dietary fibre as well as limited amounts of fats, and in particular saturated fats.

 

If you have concerns about your diet, or smoking and alcohol intake, then you could speak to your GP.

 

Many people living with HIV are concerned about HIV and employment and any issues that may raise.  For the vast majority of jobs, there is no requirement that means you must tell your employer about your HIV diagnosis.  If you are worried about your confidentiality being breached, or being treated differently, then you may want to consider this carefully, but employers do have a responsibility to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ (for example, time off for clinic appointments) under the law.  People with HIV and who disclose their HIV status are protected under the Equality Act 2010.

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