Viral Load Testing Is Needed To Determine HIV?
I want to ask a year ago I did something risky. Then I have been vct test 4 times at the puskesmas for a year and the results are negative. Doctors also recommend viral load testing. Is it necessary to prove the results because seeing the cost of the test is not bad. Please the solution
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Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that can cause interference with the immune system, so that sufferers can experience dangerous infectious diseases and even lead to death. Voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) is a step where a person is willing to voluntarily get HIV counseling and testing. . After receiving counseling, an HIV examination will be carried out by looking at the immune system's reaction to HIV. The results of the examination will be reactive and non reactive. The reactive results indicate that the person has been infected with HIV. This initial examination is usually chosen as the most sensitive, so the results can be very reliable if non-reactive. HIV viral load testing is an examination to calculate the amount of HIV genetic material in a person's body. This examination is usually used to monitor the therapeutic response given to patients with HIV. For this purpose, patients diagnosed with HIV infection need to undergo this examination before taking medication to compare with the results after taking the drug. In addition, this examination can also predict the severity of the disease in patients with HIV. The higher the amount of this virus in the body, the faster the person's condition worsens. If your initial examination results are currently non-reactive, you don't need to undergo a viral load check, especially if there are no symptoms that you feel.
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