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Learning
HIV

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Introduction
HIV and the immune system
Disease progression
Monitoring immune health
Symptom observation
Lab studies and blood analysis
CD4 + Testing
Viral Load Testing
Summary: Testing
Intervention against HIV
General health maintenance
Supportive therapies
Antiviral Strategy
Immune modulating strategy
Opportunistic infection strategy
When to start treatment
Available treatments
The Bottom Line

Monitoring immune health

Most of us wait until a disease shows up before doing anything about itó"if it ain't broke, don't fix it." In HIV disease, the immune system starts to "break" immediately, not just when opportunistic infections show up. Thus, monitoring the health of the immune system is critically important. There are two common approaches for doing this: (1) Symptom Observation and (2) Lab Tests. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

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