viral load test


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viral load test

Lab medicine A test that measures HIV RNA for prognosis and/or to monitor the efficacy of anti-HIV drug regimens

Viral load test

A new blood test for monitoring the speed of HIV replication in AIDS patients. The viral load test is based on PCR techniques and supplements the CD4+ cell count tests.
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At the function, Shri J P Nadda also released the National Guidelines for HIV-1 Viral Load Laboratory Testing, National Operational Guidelines for Viral Load Testing, Standard Operating Procedure for HIV-1 Quant Assay with CBNAAT and Guidelines on Quality Monitoring System for Outsourced Viral Load Tests.
Methods: Eight hundred and thirty-four patients with rheumatic diseases who had undergone CMV-DNA viral load tests were included, and the medical records of 142 patients who were positive for CMV-DNA in plasma samples were evaluated.
She recently learned that a viral load test is available at Harvard University on an experimental basis, and she is making arrangements with her physician to access this.
The goal of treatment is to reduce the amount of virus in the bloodstream to so low a level it cannot be detected by a sensitive viral load test.
Viral load tests measure the amount of HIV-RNA in a small amount of blood (one milliliter, ml).
John Mellors of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a pioneer of this so-called viral load test, cautions against drawing firm conclusions from the new study.
First, analyses were limited to 38 jurisdictions with complete laboratory reporting of all levels of CD4 and viral load test results; these 38 jurisdictions might not be representative of all Hispanics or Latinos living with diagnosed HIV infection in the United States.
The CDC team aimed to learn three things about each person studied: (1) whether they were prescribed antiretroviral therapy, (2) whether they had a viral load below 200 copies/mL on their last viral load test, and (3) whether they had a viral load below 200 copies/ mL on all viral load tests over the past 12 months.
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After the first viral load result indicating viral rebound, the patient should receive an adherence support intervention, followed by a second viral load test.
This study emphasizes the importance of standardizing the reporting of HIV-1 viral load test results to minimize result misinterpretation and incorrect treatment.
That idea first began to crumble in 1993, when researchers using a kind of home-brew viral load test published a report in the prestigious journal Science demonstrating that significant levels of HIV are present at all stages of disease.