Can viral load change?

Dr. Flash discusses how viral load can change and why it’s important to keep taking your HIV meds.

Missing doses of antiretrovirals (ARVs) – the medications used to treat HIV – can cause the virus to rise to detectable levels. This may result in the virus becoming resistant to a particular HIV treatment, possibly making that treatment not work as well, including reducing the preventative benefits.

If a particular treatment stops working well for an individual with HIV, a medical provider can figure out an alternate treatment plan of the many other ARVs available today.

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