Most people get
HIV by having unprotected sex with someone who has
HIV. HIV can be spread even through unprotected oral sex.1 Another common way of getting the virus is when injecting drugs and sharing needles with someone
who is infected with HIV.
You have an increased risk of becoming infected with HIV through
sexual contact if you:
The HIV viral load is the number of copies of the human immunodeficiency virus in your blood and other parts of your body. The HIV viral load test involves taking a blood sample from a vein in your arm. The amount of HIV in your blood is then measured. Along with other tests, the HIV viral load test helps monitor your disease, guide HIV therapy, and predict how your disease may progress. Keeping your viral load low can reduce complications of HIV disease and extend your life.
Two common test numbers...
The risk of getting HIV from a
blood transfusion or a donated organ is extremely low in the United States. All donated
blood and organs are screened for HIV
antibodies and HIV RNA, which can detect HIV before
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends HIV
screening as part of routine blood testing. You and your doctor can decide if
testing is right for you.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 08, 2010
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