CD4 and viral load results
These blood tests monitor your health and your response to ART.
Even rough figures from your history are useful and your doctor can give you with these.
The lowest CD4 count and highest viral load results when you were first diagnosed and before you started treatment are the most important.
Many clinics now no longer monitor the CD4 count once your CD4 count is above 500 (or perhaps 350) once you are on stable ART.
CD4 count This blood test checks your immune system.
CD4% This is similar to the CD4 count but is often more stable.
Viral load This test measures the amount of HIV in a sample of blood.
Last updated: 1 May 2018.