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Plasma HIV-1 RNA Levels

Purpose:

To use the plasma level of HIV-1 RNA to indicate the risk of disease progression and adequacy of response to therapy.

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases

Objective:

laboratory tests

ICD-10:

B24

Description:

Following the initial infection with HIV-1, there is an asymptomatic period. The level of HIV-1 RNA during the asymptomatic period can serve to predict which patients will progress to clinical infection. Moreover, the level of RNA can serve as a guide to the adequacy of therapy. It also can indicate the risk of transmitting infection to others.

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