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What are the treatments for HIV?

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More than 25 drugs are approved to treat HIV. They're called “antiretroviral drugs.” Your doctor will prescribe a combination of these medications as antiretroviral therapy, or ART.

Your medicines will help keep the virus from making copies of itself. That helps you stay healthy and also cuts your odds of spreading HIV to others.

ART isn't a cure, but with the right medicine, the amount of the virus in your blood may drop below a detectable level and stay that way for a long time.

SOURCES:

Office on Women’s Health: “How is AIDS different from HIV?” and “Opportunistic Infections and Other Conditions.”

CDC: “HIV/AIDS: Statistics Overview;” “Act Against AIDS: Basic Statistics;” and “HIV in the United States: At a Glance.”

Medline Plus Medical Dictionary: “Immunodeficiency.”

AIDS.gov: “HIV Lifecycle.”

New York University Institute of Human Development and Social Change Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies: “HIV/AIDS Info.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “HIV/AIDS.”

Department of Health & Human Services AIDSinfo: “HIV Overview” and “HIV Treatment.”

The Foundation for AIDS Research: “Thirty Years of HIV/AIDS: Snapshots of an Epidemic.”

World Health Organization: "HIV/AIDS."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on February 20, 2018

SOURCES:

Office on Women’s Health: “How is AIDS different from HIV?” and “Opportunistic Infections and Other Conditions.”

CDC: “HIV/AIDS: Statistics Overview;” “Act Against AIDS: Basic Statistics;” and “HIV in the United States: At a Glance.”

Medline Plus Medical Dictionary: “Immunodeficiency.”

AIDS.gov: “HIV Lifecycle.”

New York University Institute of Human Development and Social Change Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies: “HIV/AIDS Info.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “HIV/AIDS.”

Department of Health & Human Services AIDSinfo: “HIV Overview” and “HIV Treatment.”

The Foundation for AIDS Research: “Thirty Years of HIV/AIDS: Snapshots of an Epidemic.”

World Health Organization: "HIV/AIDS."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on February 20, 2018

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