4 Benefits of Changing HIV Treatment


Dan Brubaker

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We don’t have a cure for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. But HIV is now considered a chronic disease, and people with the virus can live long, full lives. This has become a reality in large part because there isn’t just one drug for treating HIV. Over 30 drugs have received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). And researchers continue to develop and refine new ones. These HIV drugs fall into five classes, each with its own way of preventing the virus from proliferating.

With a variety of treatment options available, you have some flexibility in switching from one therapy regimen to another. You can work with your doctor to find out which medications will best suit you, based on your current health status and your lifestyle. Here are four benefits that a treatment change can bring.

Thanks to years of research and discoveries, we know a lot more about HIV than we did decades ago. Keep yourself safe and healthy by knowing the facts about HIV.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Oct 23, 2015