Adjusting Your HIV Treatment


Madeline Vann, MPH

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When you’re first diagnosed with HIV, your doctor will look at how healthy your immune system is, in order to decide on a treatment strategy. Your CD4 count and the amount of HIV in your blood (your viral load) are indicators of your immune system’s health.

If you have HIV, you should begin treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART) when you are diagnosed, even if your immune system is relatively strong. National recommendations call for taking at least three medications from at least two different classes of antiretroviral drugs. This combination approach should keep your HIV under control by halting viral replication. Factors that will affect treatment decisions include whether you’re pregnant, have AIDS, or have any other chronic health problems.

HIV treatment is very different than it was in the past. Now, with the right treatment, people who are HIV-positive live long, healthy lives. HIV experts share their tips for treating your HIV.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 13, 2016

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