Do you know what Reverse Transcriptase (RT) is? For one thing, measuring it is what makes our ExaVir HIV viral load test unique. But unless you have a medical background, it’s hard to get your head around RT. That’s why I’m so happy someone sent me this YouTube video. It’s a bit thick on technical-speak but the animation is fantastic and the role of RT very well depicted.
RT is the perfect marker for measuring HIV viral load because a retrovirus, like HIV, requires a functional RT in order to be infectious. This means that by measuring RT activity we can accurately measure viral load regardless of subtype. If you have any other videos related to RT or HIV viral load please let me know.