How do you know if your HIV infection
is changing or getting worse?
Your doctor will keep track of your
HIV infection with blood tests (CD4
count test and viral load test). This
way your doctor can measure the amount
of HIV in your body. These tests also
can tell your doctor if you are at
risk of getting Opportunistic
Infections or AIDS-Related
- CD4 count test: keeps track
of your immune system and how much
it has been hurt by the HIV virus.
It's better to have a high CD4 count
than a low CD4 count. This test
should be done every 3 to 6 months.
- Viral load test: measures
the number of copies HIV has made
in your blood. It's better to have
a low viral load than a high viral
load. This count will go up and
down a lot.