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How can antiretroviral therapy (ART) help with treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

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Research shows that a combination, or "cocktail," of drugs is the best way to control HIV and lower the chances that the virus becomes resistant to treatment. Your doctor will probably recommend that you take three different medicines.

Which specific ones your doctor prescribes depends on what other medical conditions you have or are likely to get, how well your immune system is working, and how many pills you want to take each day.

You might also need medicines for health problems caused by or related to your HIV.

From: How Do You Treat HIV? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "HIV/AIDS: Testing," "National HIV and STD Testing Resources: Frequently Asked Questions," "Act Against AIDS: Cost of Treatment."

AIDS.gov: "Overview of HIV Treatments," "Side Effects," "Types of Lab Tests," "CD4 Count," "The Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS."

Avert: "HIV Testing," "Continuing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment."

Department of Health and Human Services: "HIV and Its Treatment: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on November 19, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "HIV/AIDS: Testing," "National HIV and STD Testing Resources: Frequently Asked Questions," "Act Against AIDS: Cost of Treatment."

AIDS.gov: "Overview of HIV Treatments," "Side Effects," "Types of Lab Tests," "CD4 Count," "The Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS."

Avert: "HIV Testing," "Continuing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment."

Department of Health and Human Services: "HIV and Its Treatment: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on November 19, 2018

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