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Your health care provider will use blood tests to monitor your HIV infection. These tests help your health care provider make decisions about changes to your treatment.
- Your CD4 count is the number of CD4 cells you have in your blood. CD4 cells help your body fight infections.
- HIV attacks and lowers the number of CD4 cells in your blood. This makes it difficult for your body to fight infections.
- Your health care provider will check your CD4 count every 3 to 6 months.
Viral Load Test
- Viral load is the amount of HIV in your blood.
- Your health care provider will use a viral load test to determine your viral load.
- When your viral load is high, you have more HIV in your body. This means your immune system is not fighting HIV very well.
- You should have a viral load test
- every 4 to 6 months,
- before you take a new HIV medicine, and
- around 2 to 8 weeks after starting or changing medicine.