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No matter how long you've been living with HIV, it's okay to have questions.

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NEW TOHIV TREATMENT?

 

Here are a few helpful HIV treatment tips to
keep in mind.

HIV Treatment Tips: Why Should I Start HIV Treatment Early

Why should I start HIV treatment early?

If you were recently diagnosed, you may be wondering, “When should I start HIV treatment?” The answer is that it’s important to start antiretroviral therapy (ART) after an HIV diagnosis rather than delaying therapy. And that’s because treatment can help keep HIV under control, so the sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll be on the path to suppressing the virus.

 

HIV treatment can also help increase the number of infection-fighting CD4+ T-cells in a person's blood. CD4+ T-cells are a type of white blood cell that is part of your immune system and helps fight infections. 

HIV Treatment Tips: What does undetectable mean

What does undetectable HIV mean?

Reaching and staying undetectable has always been a key goal of treatment. And simply put, it means this: the amount of HIV in the blood is below the level that can be measured by a lab test.

HIV Treatment Tips: Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U)

What does U=U mean?

U=U stands for Undetectable equals Untransmittable.

According to the DHHS, people living with HIV who reach and stay undetectable by taking their HIV medication as prescribed prevent transmitting HIV through sex. First, talk to your doctor about further risks of sexual HIV transmission.

How long does someone need to be on HIV treatment before the sexual transmission of HIV is prevented?

Achieving an undetectable viral load can take time. Taking HIV treatment as prescribed and getting to and staying undetectable for at least 6 months prevents transmitting HIV through sex. Viral load testing should be performed on a regular basis to confirm HIV remains at an undetectable level.

Should I still practice safe sex if I am undetectable?

Regardless of status, condoms can help lead a healthy sexual life. Unlike HIV treatment, condoms can prevent other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy.

HIV Treatment Tips: Why Should I Stay on HIV Treatment

Why should I stay on HIV treatment?

People living with HIV who start and stay on HIV treatment can now live longer lives compared to those who started treatment in earlier decades.*

HIV Treatment Tips: What else Should I Know about HIV Treatment

What else should I know about HIV treatment?

Staying informed about all of your treatment options is an important part of taking charge of your health, now and down the line. A good rule of thumb is to check in with your doctor regularly and bring any questions you may have.

 

*Based on data (Lancet HIV, 2017) showing improvement in life expectancy between 1996 and 2013 among individuals starting antiretroviral therapy. Regimens in this study did not include DOVATO.

ALREADY ONHIV TREATMENT?

 

Here are a few things to think about.

Reaching and staying undetectable has always been a key goal of treatment. And simply put, it means this: the amount of HIV in the blood is below the level that can be measured by a lab test.

HIV Treatment Tips: Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U)

What does U=U mean?

U=U stands for Undetectable equals Untransmittable.

According to the DHHS, people living with HIV who reach and stay undetectable by taking their HIV medication as prescribed prevent transmitting HIV through sex. First, talk to your doctor about further risks of sexual HIV transmission.

How long does someone need to be on HIV treatment before the sexual transmission of HIV is prevented?

Achieving an undetectable viral load can take time. Taking HIV treatment as prescribed and getting to and staying undetectable for at least 6 months prevents transmitting HIV through sex. Viral load testing should be performed on a regular basis to confirm HIV remains at an undetectable level.

Should I still practice safe sex if I am undetectable?

Regardless of status, condoms can help lead a healthy sexual life. Unlike HIV treatment, condoms can prevent other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy.

HIV Treatment Tips: How much has HIV Treatment Changed

How much has HIV
treatment changed?

We’ve come a long way from the days of treatment regimens that required taking multiple pills to control HIV. In fact, multiple pills sometimes had to be taken more than once a day to help keep the virus under control. 

 

The treatment landscape changed in 2006. That was when the first once-daily single-tablet regimen was approved in the US. And that meant that people diagnosed with HIV were able to reach undetectable with single-pill regimens, each containing 3 or 4 medicines.

 

Today, there are single-pill, complete regimens that contain just 2 medicines to treat HIV. These are proven to be as effective as an HIV treatment with 3 or 4 medicines.

 

HIV Treatment Tips: What Should I Look for in Today's Treatment Options

What should I look
for in today's
treatment options?

Whether you’re new to treatment or you’ve been treating your HIV for years, you might be thinking, “What’s the best HIV treatment for me?” When talking to your doctor about HIV treatment, it’s important to look for an option that fits your life and your needs. Ask your doctor about a treatment that is convenient enough for a busy career or school schedule, potential side effects, and the number of medicines needed to treat your HIV.

 

You may also sometimes wonder, “Should I switch my HIV treatment?” Over time, HIV treatment has come a long way. That means that certain options with fewer medicines can suppress the virus as effectively as those with 3 or 4. It’s always a good idea to check in with your doctor to make sure that your current treatment is still the best option to keep you undetectable.

 

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