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    1. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection - Exams and Tests

      Getting tested for HIV can be scary, but the condition is treatable so it is important to get tested if you think you have been exposed. If you test positive, early detection and monitoring of HIV will help your doctor determine whether the disease is pro

    2. HIV: Giving Support - What Happens

      HIV is spread when blood, semen, or vaginal fluids from an infected person enter another person's body, usually through: Sexual contact. The virus may enter the body through a tear in the lining of the rectum, vagina, urethra, or mouth. Between 75% and 80

    3. HIV: Taking Antiretroviral Drugs

      Taking antiretroviral drugs for HIV will not cure your infection. However, it may allow you to remain healthy for a longer time.Your willingness and ability to follow your antiretroviral therapy schedule exactly as prescribed is essential for successful treatment of your HIV infection. Not following your prescribed HIV therapy may cause treatment failures, such as: Drug resistance.Higher viral ...

    4. HIV: Giving Support - Health Tools

      Should I start antiretroviral drugs for HIV infection even though I have no symptoms?

    5. HIV: Giving Support - What Increases Your Risk

      Most people get HIV by having unprotected sex with someone who has HIV. Another common way of getting the virus is by sharing needles with someone who is infected with HIV when injecting drugs. You have an increased risk of becoming infected with HIV thro

    6. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection - Symptoms

      Read about symptoms of HIV infection.

    7. Lipodystrophy and HIV

      Lipodystrophy, also called fat redistribution, is common in people with HIV and AIDS. Find out what causes it and how it's treated.

    8. HIV: Giving Support - Topic Overview

      Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is the combination of several antiretroviral medicines used to slow the rate at which HIV makes copies of itself (multiplies) in the body. A combination of three or more antiretroviral medicines is more effective than using just one medicine (monotherapy) to treat HIV. The use of three or more antiretroviral medicines-sometimes referred to as an ...

    9. CD4+ Count

      A CD4+ count is a blood test to determine how well the immune system is working in people who have been diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

    10. HIV: Giving Support - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. HIV: When Should I Start Taking Antiretroviral Medicines for HIV Infection?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. HIV: Taking Antiretroviral Drugs

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