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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

Summary: Testing

No single test gives a total picture of immune health or disease progression, but CD4+ cell testing and viral load taken together are very important. As we learn to manage HIV as a chronic illness, these tests provide rational guidance about what treatments to use, when and when not to use them, and how well they are working.

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