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

  • STOPPING HIV: Lincoln, Linn, Benton Counties partner with new funding November 24, 2017
    In addition, the HIV Alliance professionals will train our team to implement education and prevention resources and create a pathway to treatment to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS. “We are excited to help the State of Oregon reduce HIV positive cases to zero. Sometimes rural areas are forgotten in these ...
  • Moonlight clinics — taking HIV treatment to those who live in the shadows November 24, 2017
    Shivam is on a “moonlight” clinic mission where counsellors speak to people gathered there and encourage them to get tested for HIV and start treatment depending on the outcome. An outreach counsellor with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Shivam explains that their clinics are out on the road ...
  • World AIDS Day message from UNAIDS Executive Director November 24, 2017
    This year has seen significant steps on the way to meeting the 90–90–90 treatment targets towards ending AIDS by 2030. Nearly 21 million people living with HIV are now on treatment and new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths are declining in many parts of the world. But we shouldn't be ...
  • I Was Scared My Son Might Contact HIV Virus From Breast Milk- Maimuna November 24, 2017
    In order to eliminate this misconceptions, health care centres who occasionally attend to People Living With HIV and AIDS, ( PLWHA) should ... He also stressed that mothers living with HIV should not be afraid of breastfeeding their children ones they are on treatment as their viral load goes down, ...
  • Sierra Leone News: Stigma impedes HIV/AIDs healthcare November 24, 2017
    WHO's 2017 Consolidated guidelines on person-centred HIV patient monitoring and case surveillance take an overtly person-centred approach, focusing HIV data around the person who needs care rather than on separate service areas; they also tackle security and confidentiality issues around data.