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Viral Load »

Your viral load is a measure of the amount of hiv present in your blood. The more HIV in your blood, the higher the viral load and the faster your CD4 cells are likely to disappear; and the greater the risk of disease progression. Continue reading

CD4 Counts »

What are CD4 Counts?


CD4 cells are white blood cells, which organise your body’s response to invading micro-organisms. (T-cells is a phrase you might also hear, but this really means the same thing.) They form the basis of the body’s defence mechanism.

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Resistance Testing »

Resistance testing is now performed fairly routinely.  Resistance testing shows whether or not a given drug is effective against your HIV virus.  It may tell you whether you have been infected with a drug-resistant strain of HIV, and also if you are resistant to  drugs you are currently taking, or have taken in the past and then initially start to benefit from these medications.  Resistance is the ability of HIV to overcome the effects of anti-HIV medication.  The best way to avoid drug resistance developing is to make sure that you never miss any of your tablets.

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Starting Therapy »

One of the most important discussions you will have with your HIV specialist concerns the choice of anti-HIV drugs for a first combination. The choice of anti-HIV drugs should be guided by your wishes as well as those of the doctor. 

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Choosing a Combination »

Each person’s medical situation, lifestyle and personal preferences will affect their choice of anti-HIV drugs. As with all aspects of your health, it is important to discuss with your HIV doctor which combination would best suit your needs.

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