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HIV Viral Load

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HIV Viral Load

Overview

Viral load is a measurement of how much HIV is present in your blood. A sample of blood is taken and sent to a lab for testing. Results are expressed as the number of copies of the virus per milliliter of blood. Each virus is called a "copy" because HIV reproduces by making copies of itself (replicating).

The viral load test is used to see if your medicines are working.

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Current as of: May 14, 2023

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