4 Signs It's Time to Switch Your HIV Treatment

Today, there are a variety of options available to treat HIV.

HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, interferes with your body’s ability to fight diseases by damaging your immune system. If untreated, it can lead to AIDS. In the United States, an estimated 1 million people have HIV, and one in five people who have it don’t know it. Luckily, treatment options have vastly increased and improved since the virus was first discovered in the 1980s. However, as physicians, we try not to change your medications unless it’s absolutely necessary, because they’re still limited.  



THIS CONTENT DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. This content is provided for informational purposes and reflects the opinions of the author. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional regarding your health. If you think you may have a medical emergency, contact your doctor immediately or call 911.


Stacey Rizza, MD

Stacey Rizza, MD, is Chair of the Mayo HIV Clinic, and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the Mayo Medical School. She has been treating HIV patients since 1998.
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Publish Date: Dec 1, 2015

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