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At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
If you have been diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), initially to determine the status of the infection and subsequently to monitor the effectiveness of antiretroviral treatment
When to Get Tested?
When first diagnosed with HIV; 2 to 8 weeks after the start of therapy or therapy changes, then every 4 to 8 weeks until the viral load is not detectable; then every 3 to 4 months if you are on stable therapy and the virus remains suppressed; after two years of this, viral load testing frequency may be decreased to every 6 months.
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm
Test Preparation Needed?