Infectious Agent Detection by DNA or RNA - HIV-1 Test

This test measures how much human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) genetic material is in your blood. It is also known as a “viral load”.




This test measures how much human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) genetic material is in your blood. It is also known as a “viral load”.



This test measure how much human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) genetic material is in your blood. It is also known as a “viral load”.

  • A viral load test may be done with a CD4 count. CD4 is a specific white blood cell that fights HIV.
  • The tests are typically done together to help determine the initial status of an HIV infection and evaluate treatment effectiveness.

Your healthcare provider may order this test if you have been diagnosed with HIV infection and they want to check:

  • The degree of an HIV infection
  • How well your treatment plan is working

When monitoring the labs of an HIV patient, changes in their viral load over time are often more important than a single test result.

In an adult, the blood sample is taken from a vein in the arm.

  • No special preparation is needed for this test.

This care path's costs do not include the charge to draw blood from a vein (venipuncture). There will only be one charge to draw blood, even if multiple tests are being performed on the samples that are taken.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • What do the test results mean?
  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What is the reason for this particular test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?
  • What other testing will I need if the test is low? Is high?
  • Are my test results secure? Who can see the results?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Viral Load
White Blood Cell
Immunodeficiency
AIDS
Lymphocyte
HIV


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