HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection - Exams and Tests
When you have HIV, two tests
are done regularly to see how much of the virus is in your blood (viral load) and how the virus is affecting your
The results of these tests may help
you make decisions about starting
switching to new medicines if the ones you are taking aren't helping.
Testing for drug resistance
HIV often changes or
mutates in the body. Sometimes these changes make the virus resistant to certain medicines. Then the medicine no
Medical experts recommend testing the blood of everyone diagnosed with HIV to look for this drug resistance.6 This information helps
your doctor know what medicines to use.
also may be tested for drug resistance when:
- You are ready to begin treatment.
- You've been having treatment and your viral load numbers stop going down.
- You've been having treatment and your viral load numbers become detectable after not being detectable.
How is AIDS diagnosed?
AIDS is the
last and most severe stage of HIV infection. It is diagnosed if the results of
your test show that you have:
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 13, 2014
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