Question: What causes your viral load to increase?

An increase in viral load can occur for many reasons, such as: not taking antiretroviral medication consistently. the HIV has mutated (changed genetically) antiretroviral medication isnt the right dose.

How fast does viral load decrease?

For almost everyone who starts taking their HIV medication daily as prescribed, viral load will drop to an undetectable level in six months or less. Continuing to take HIV medications as directed is imperative to stay undetectable.

What does it mean when viral load is zero?

Having an undetectable viral load does mean that there is not enough HIV in your body fluids to pass HIV on during sex. In other words, you are not infectious. For as long as your viral load stays undetectable, your chance of passing on HIV to a sexual partner is zero.

What does it mean when your viral load is less than 20?

A viral load that cant be detected -- less than 20 copies -- is always the goal of HIV treatment. This doesnt mean youre cured. Unfortunately, the virus is still able to survive in various cells in the body. But maintaining an undetectable viral load is compatible with a normal, or near-normal life span.

What is a good viral load?

The results of a viral load test are described as the number of copies of HIV RNA in a millilitre of blood. But your doctor will normally just talk about your viral load as a number. For example, a viral load of 10,000 would be considered low; 100,000 would be considered high.

What is the lowest viral load?

The results of a viral load test are described as the number of copies of HIV RNA in a millilitre of blood. But your doctor will normally just talk about your viral load as a number. For example, a viral load of 10,000 would be considered low; 100,000 would be considered high.

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