One major part of the treatment of HIV is the medications associated with the maintenance of the virus. Individuals who take medication for the virus are able to manage better carrying out basic day-to-day functions than others who are not taking the medications. Individuals receiving treatment are more likely tolive up to
6 years longer than the average person who is not taking the medication.
HIV treatment involves taking medicines that slow the progression of the virus in your body.
HIV is a type of virus called a retrovirus, and the drugs used to treat it are called antiretrovirals (ARV).
These drugs are always given in combination with other ARVs; this combination
therapy is called antiretroviral therapy (ART).
Although a cure for HIV does not yet exist, ART can keep you healthy for many years,
and greatly reduces your chance of transmitting HIV to your partner(s) if taken consistently and correctly
Knowing the risks and dangers associated with the behaviors behind spreading
the virus is the first step in taking action towards reducing the risk of contracting HIV.