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HIV Viral Load

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Also known as: HIV Nucleic Acid Amplification Test; HIV NAAT; HIV NAT; HIV PCR; Quantitative Plasma RNA Test; HIV Quantification
Formal name: Human Immunodeficiency Virus RNA, Quantitative
Related tests: CD4 and CD8; HIV Antibody; HIV Proviral DNA; p24 Antigen; HIV Drug Resistance (Genotypic and Phenotypic)

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To monitor the status of HIV disease, in conjunction with other laboratory tests and physical disease progression, and to guide therapy

When to Get Tested?

When first diagnosed with HIV, every 2 to 8 weeks after the start of therapy or therapy changes, and every 3 to 4 months during long-term therapy, or as your doctor recommends

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?