Viral load test

The viral load test shows how active HIV is in your body.

The test for viral load measures how many particles of HIV are circulating in the blood. The results are given as the number of 'copies' of HIV per millilitre of blood; e.g. 200 copies/ml
Your viral loads can fluctuate a lot if you're not taking HIV treatment. Looking at the trend over a number of months may be more useful than comparing two test results.

A high viral load will usually mean a low CD4 count. Knowing what is going on with your immune system can help you make decisions about lifestyle and treatment