Viral load. What is it? Why is it so important?
"What is HIV?HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. When HIV gets in your body, it makes many copies of itself, very fast. To fight off HIV, your body makes about two billion 'helper' or 'messenger' calls every day. These are called CD4 cells, or T cells.What is viral load?Viral load is a number that is used to hell how much virus is in your blood. If your viral load is too low to find, your doctor may say it is 'undetectable.'Why is viral load so important?Viral load can tell you if your HIV is getting worse or better - and how fast - even if you are not feeling sick.What does viral load mean to my treatment?HIV treatment tries to keep viral load as low as possible, as long as possible. There are many different kinds of HIV medicines. Using several together can bring down viral load a lot - even to a level that your doctor can't find in your blood. Your doctor may look at your viral load to decide what HIV medicines to start you on. If you are already on HIV medicines, your doctor may look at your viral load to change the medications you are on.Remember:HIV medicines are not a cure for HIV or AIDS. People taking HIV medicines can still get infections or other conditions related to HIV. They can still give HIV to others by sex or by having their infected blood mix with the blood of people who do not have HIV. It is very important for all HIV patients to keep seeing their doctor.How is viral load measured?A viral load test is a simple blood test. Your blood will be drawn and a lab will count the virus in the blood.Knowing your viral load is very important in fighting HIV! Ask your doctor about knowing and checking your viral load.TEAM. Total Education for Antiretroviral Management."
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AIDS Education Collection
AIDS (Disease)--TreatmentHIV (Viruses)
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