The Trial and Error Process of Finding the Right HIV Treatment
Contracting HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is a serious condition, but thanks to treatment advances, the diagnosis is less severe than in previous years. However, it may take a few tries to find the most effective treatment for you.
How HIV Works
An HIV infection attacks cells in your immune system known as Cluster of Differentiation 4 (CD4) T cells, making it difficult for your body to fight off infections and disease. When your CD4 T cell count falls low enough--usually below 50--it’s then considered Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), the often fatal end-stage of an HIV infection. Fortunately, today there are more than 30 different medication options available that can treat HIV and prevent HIV from turning into AIDS, keeping your CD4 T cell count high and the viral load undetectable in your blood.