viral load

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the quantity of something that is carried or borne.
case load the number of patients under the care of an individual health care worker.
viral load the number of copies of RNA of a given virus per milliliter of blood.

viral load

The concentration of a virus, such as HIV, in the blood.

viral load

measurement of the amount of human immunodeficiency virus in the blood expressed as copies per milliliter. Plasma viremia is used to guide treatment decisions and monitor response to treatment. See also viremia.

viral load

The amount of a specific virus–eg, HIV, in a person–eg, a Pt with AIDS. See bDNA signal amplification, HIV RNA.

vi·ral load

(vī'răl lōd)
The plasma level of viral RNA, as determined by various techniques including target amplification assay by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and branched DNA technology with signal amplification. Because levels of detection vary with method, results of testing by different methods are not comparable.

viral load,

n a measure of the number of virus particles present in the bloodstream, expressed as copies per milliliter. This measurement helps in treatment decisions and to monitor the efficacy of a treatment.
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Viral load or viral burden is the quantity of HIV-RNA (HIV virus) that is in the blood.
Viral load, which is also referred to as viral burden, is like a census of the actual number of HIV copies inhabiting the body.