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What is the viral load in relation to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

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The viral load is a measure of how much of the HIV virus is in your blood. If you have HIV, you'll probably need to get tested every 3 or 4 months to be sure your antiviral medications are still working.

Your doctor will also test you to make sure the strain of HIV you have isn't resistant to any drugs. Sometimes HIV will change, or mutate, into a form that certain medicines can't treat.

From: How Do You Treat HIV? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "HIV/AIDS: Testing," "National HIV and STD Testing Resources: Frequently Asked Questions," "Act Against AIDS: Cost of Treatment."

AIDS.gov: "Overview of HIV Treatments," "Side Effects," "Types of Lab Tests," "CD4 Count," "The Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS."

Avert: "HIV Testing," "Continuing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment."

Department of Health and Human Services: "HIV and Its Treatment: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on November 19, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "HIV/AIDS: Testing," "National HIV and STD Testing Resources: Frequently Asked Questions," "Act Against AIDS: Cost of Treatment."

AIDS.gov: "Overview of HIV Treatments," "Side Effects," "Types of Lab Tests," "CD4 Count," "The Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS."

Avert: "HIV Testing," "Continuing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment."

Department of Health and Human Services: "HIV and Its Treatment: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on November 19, 2018

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