What is "viral load"?

What is an HIV viral load report?

What can I do to decrease my viral load?

What does the viral load tell me?
What is the difference between CD4 count and viral load?
Why does HIV affect CD4 cells?
How do I know when I am ready to take meds?

What is the difference between CD4 count and viral load?

They are both blood tests that give you information about your health and what the HIV virus is doing in your body. But they tell you different things.

  • The CD4 count - tells you about the state of your immune system. The immune system helps your body to fight off diseases. Without an immune system, you would get sick very easily from germs around you such as bacteria and fungi.
  • The viral load test- tells you how much HIV virus is in your blood. It gives you information about whether your HIV meds are working.

 
 
 
 
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