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HIV Antiretroviral Drug Resistance Testing, Genotypic

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Also known as: Anti-retroviral Drug Resistance Testing; ARV Resistance Testing
Formal name: Human Immunodeficiency Virus Genotypic Resistance Testing

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

If you have been diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), to determine whether the strain causing your infection is resistant or has developed resistance to one or more antiretroviral therapy (ART) drugs

When to Get Tested?

When first diagnosed with HIV, immediately prior to the start of antiretroviral therapy, or when you are receiving ART but the amount of virus in your blood (HIV viral load) does not decrease or rises steadily

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?