Viral Load and what it means

The plasma HIV-1 RNA PCR (aka viral load) is a measure of how much HIV virus there is in a person’s system. It is mainly used for the monitoring of patients who are infected with HIV. However, in recent years, it has also found a role in early diagnosis of a HIV infection.  This is discussed elsewhere. (Please do not post questions on using RNA PCR as a diagnostic tool in the comments section. You may post these questions on the other HIV articles.) A high viral load has been associated with poor clinical progression and poor clinical...

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