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DEFINITION

  • Quantitative plasma HIV RNA assay.
  • Most important indicator of response to ART. Goal of ART is to achieve and maintain viral suppression.[2]
  • Can be useful in predicting clinical progression. Viremia copy-years predicts mortality in ART-naive.[11]
  • Significant predictor of risk of transmission. Viral suppression prevents HIV transmission.[1]

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DEFINITION

  • Quantitative plasma HIV RNA assay.
  • Most important indicator of response to ART. Goal of ART is to achieve and maintain viral suppression.[2]
  • Can be useful in predicting clinical progression. Viremia copy-years predicts mortality in ART-naive.[11]
  • Significant predictor of risk of transmission. Viral suppression prevents HIV transmission.[1]

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Last updated: October 2, 2017