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?

Why does HIV affect CD4 cells?

When the HIV virus enters your body it has to enter a cell to live and reproduce. The HIV virus likes to attack the CD4 cell the best.

When the HIV virus gets into your body it attacks your CD4 cells and reproduces. This kills the CD4 cells.

When the virus kills the CD4 cells your body can’t fight off infections like it used to. Now it is easier to get sick.

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