HIV/AIDS Treatment

HIV/AIDS Treatment 2017-07-09T16:10:10+00:00

The first approved treatment for HIV, AZT, became available in 1987. To date, there are approximately 30 additional approved drugs that have prolonged the lives of those infected with HIV. Antiretrovirals (ARVs), Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART or ART), and “the cocktail” are some of the most common and effective treatments.

HIV treatment drugs are available in five different classes: each class attacking the virus at different stages in its cycle. Because of this, the treatment regimen for HIV patients can be strict, but it is of utmost importance for maintaining a healthy immune system and limiting the amount of virus in one’s body.

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In the News

  • HIV on the rise in straight Australian men, Kirby Institute report September 23, 2018
    Worryingly, almost half of HIV-positive heterosexuals were living with the ... have progressed to AIDS by the time they are tested, Professor Guy said. ... said the belief that HIV was a problem of gay men and drug users, as well as ...
  • Tuberculosis, A Global Killer September 23, 2018
    ... disease and is the second biggest global pathogen killer after HIV/AIDS. ... Health authorities make it clear that TB is preventable, treatable, and ... million people will be able to access preventive treatment between 2018 and 2022, ...
  • 1131 HIV-free babies born in four years: RTI data September 23, 2018
    While the data also states that there were 25 babies born with HIV positive in the ... The new three-drug regime has given hope to HIV-infected women.
  • Qld govt boosts funding for HIV prevention September 22, 2018
    More Queenslanders will be able to access prevention treatment for HIV ... AIDS Council will receive $870,000 over the next two-and-a-half years to ...