‘How is HIV treated?’

The earlier HIV is diagnosed, the better the treatment options. That’s why it’s important to get tested for HIV regularly.

HIV is treated with a range of drugs that slow the progress of the virus. They can prevent the infection causing health problems for many years but you need to keep taking them.

Combination antiretroviral therapy

Combination antiretroviral therapy (sometimes called Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy or HAART) is a mix of different medicines which suppresses HIV and can reverse damage to the immune system.

Getting tested and diagnosed early means you will have a better range of treatment options and be more able to cope with any side effects you may experience.

Repeat testing

If you are HIV positive, you may have to get tested on a regular basis - this is to see whether your current treatment is working or whether you need to change your medicines. Additional tests may be required to check the impact HIV has had on your immune system as this will affect the treatment options you will be offered.

See HIV today for more information.