Are an HIV test and a viral load test the same thing?

Dr. Flash discusses the difference between an HIV test (used before you know your HIV status) and a viral load test (to tell you the level of virus in your body).

A viral load test measures the amount of virus in the blood of someone known to have HIV. It determines if HIV treatment is working. This is different from an HIV test, which is used to initially diagnose an individual with HIV.

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