HIV Treatment

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There's no cure for HIV, but clinical research means treatment options are much better than they were a few decades ago. Without treatment, most people with HIV will eventually develop AIDS. Fortunately due to medical advancements, many people now live long, active lives with HIV.

Daily medication and regular testing can help keep the virus under control and slow the effects on your body for many years.

HIV treatment includes:

Antiretroviral Therapy (ART)

The medicines that are used to treat HIV are called antiretroviral drugs and there are many different types available in the market. Each drug fights the virus in a slightly different manner and often times, HIV positive patients will be prescribed a combination of ART drugs.

Depending on a number of different factors, such as other medical conditions or how well your immune system is working, will dictate your treatment. In addition to treating HIV, you may need to be prescribed other medicines to treat problems caused or related to your HIV.

Side effects may include, fatigue, diarrhoea, dizziness, skin rashes, and pain. As your body adjusts to being on the medication, these side effects may disappear.

Ongoing tests

All HIV positive patients will undergo regular tests, these tests help dictate your treatment plan and determine how well you are responding to your treatment. Tests will include CD4 counts which tells your doctor how healthy your immune system is. As HIV attacks CD4 cells, you're likely to get your CD4 count tested every three to six months.

The viral load is a measure of how much of the HIV virus is in your blood. You'll probably need to get tested every three or four months to be sure your antiviral medications are still working.

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Anyone can get HIV, but you can take steps to protect yourself from the HIV infection. The most important thing you can do is practice safe sex by using condoms. It is also advisable that you get tested on a regular basis, talk to your partner about HIV testing and get tested before you have sex with a new partner.

There is no cure for HIV or AIDS yet, but treatment keeps the virus under control and means people can live a long and healthy life.

Yes, if you would prefer to test yourself at home for HIV you can purchase a LetsGetChecked at-home test or you can use our Online Doctor service. However you can also get tested for HIV at your local sexual health clinic or GP surgery.