HIV/AIDS Glossary

Viral Suppression

Synonym(s): Virologic Control

When antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces a person’s viral load (HIV RNA) to an undetectable level. Viral suppression does not mean a person is cured; HIV still remains in the body. If ART is discontinued, the person’s viral load will likely return to a detectable level.

Related Term(s): Undetectable Viral Load

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An HIV infection is suppressed to undetectable levels with HIV treatment.

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