Many myths are still around about HIV and AIDS. Get the real story here -- it can help you enjoy a full, healthy life.
Myth 1: Treating HIV will require me to take dozens of pills every day.
Fact: Years ago, people with HIV needed to take a lot of pills. Now, most people starting on HIV treatment only take 1 to 4 pills daily. You may be able to take medicines that combine 2 or 3 drugs in a single pill.
Myth 2: I can wait to start taking medicine for my HIV.
Fact: You probably need...
Suspected or known exposure to HIV but no symptoms
If you have not been tested for HIV, call your doctor
You suspect that you have been exposed to
You have engaged in high-risk behavior and are concerned that
you were exposed to HIV.
Your sex partner engages in high-risk
Your sex partner may have been exposed to
Your sex partner has HIV.
You have any of the
symptoms listed above.
Getting tested for HIV can be scary, but the condition
can be managed with treatment. So it is important to get tested if you think you have been
If you don't have symptoms of HIV even though you have
tested positive for the virus, you and your doctor may simply keep watching
for symptoms to occur.
If you don't show any signs of disease and your CD4+
cell count is more than 500 cells per microliter (mcL), you may not need
treatment. But during this time you still need regular checkups with a doctor
to monitor the amount of
HIV in your blood and see how well your immune system is working.