What is the best treatment for HIV?
This is called combination therapy or “the cocktail.” It also has a longer name: antiretroviral therapy (ART) or highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).
Combination therapy is the most effective treatment for HIV.
People with HIV need to work closely with their providers to decide which drugs to take..
Can HIV be cured at early stage?
There is no cure for HIV, although antiretroviral treatment can control the virus, meaning that people with HIV can live long and healthy lives. Most research is looking for a functional cure where HIV is reduced to undetectable and harmless levels in the body permanently, but some residual virus may remain.
How do HIV drugs work?
Antiretroviral drugs HIV is treated with antiretroviral medications, which work by stopping the virus replicating in the body. This allows the immune system to repair itself and prevent further damage. A combination of HIV drugs is used because HIV can quickly adapt and become resistant.
How long does HIV treatment last?
Since that year, new antiretroviral drugs have been developed and added to the existing antiretroviral therapy. This has resulted in a highly effective HIV treatment regimen. In 1996, the total life expectancy for a 20-year-old person with HIV was 39 years.
How long can you stay undetectable?
A person’s viral load is considered “durably undetectable” when all viral load test results are undetectable for at least six months after their first undetectable test result. This means that most people will need to be on treatment for 7 to 12 months to have a durably undetectable viral load.