DOVATO is a prescription medicine that is used without other antiretroviral medicines to treat human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection in adults who have not received antiretroviral medicines in the past, and without known resistance to the medicines dolutegravir or lamivudine. HIV-1 is the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It is not known if DOVATO is safe and effective in children.

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While the path to starting treatment is different for everyone, the goals of treatment are the same.

Here’s a look at what they are.

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Living with HIV

Patient Ambassadors in this video are living with HIV and are sharing their experience after diagnosis.

HIV treatment goals

Reach undetectable*

Undetectable means reducing the HIV in your blood to very low levels. Once an undetectable viral load is reached and maintained, HIV is considered under control.

Increase CD4+ T-cell count

HIV treatment can help increase the number of infection-fighting CD4+ T-cells in a person's blood.

HIV treatment TIPS

Start early

It is important to start ART after an HIV diagnosis rather than delaying therapy.

Stick with 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.

Stay undetectable

People with HIV who take their HIV medicine as prescribed and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to a sexual partner.

  • Achieving an undetectable viral load can take time. Viral load testing should be performed on a regular basis to confirm HIV remains at an undetectable level.
  • Having an undetectable HIV viral load does not prevent the transmission of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • It is unknown whether keeping HIV under control prevents transmission through sharing needles.

*Undetectable means reducing the HIV in your blood to very low levels (less than 50 copies per mL). Results may vary.

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.

Based on data from 4 studies in which no linked sexual transmissions of HIV occurred when viral load was suppressed (<200 copies/mL) in the partner with HIV. Regimens in these studies did not include DOVATO.



When talking to your doctor about an HIV treatment, it’s important to look for an option that fits your life and your needs. That could mean finding a treatment that is convenient enough for a busy career or school schedule and takes possible side effects into account.

Thanks to treatment advances, you and your doctor also have the power to choose among treatments with different numbers of medicines that can work the best for your life. That means you have more options than ever before.


Until recently, single-tablet regimens had 3 to 4 medicines. DOVATO has just 2 medicines in 1 pill and is clinically proven to help you reach and then stay undetectable*. That means fewer medicines in your HIV treatment. Discover DOVATO.

Results may vary.

*GEMINI-1 & GEMINI-2 studies.

Undetectable means reducing HIV in the blood to very low levels (less than 50 copies per mL).

As compared with a 3-drug regimen.

A 2-drug regimen for HIV can be just as effective as a 3-drug regimen in helping you reach undetectable.

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In two 48-week studies, DOVATO, a 2-drug regimen, was proven to be just as effective as a 3-drug regimen, achieving the same goal of reaching undetectable, but doing so with fewer medicines.

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Could fewer medicines in your HIV treatment regimen be right for you?