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.
- CDC: HIV Treatment Works
- CDC: National Prevention Information Network
- AVERT: HIV & AIDS Treatment
- Tools for Monitoring HIV Care: HIV Clinical Quality Measures
- Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents
- Rx in Reach: Georgia
- Find HIV Testing Sites & Care Centers
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