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Treatments for AIDS

There are different ways to treat HIV. It depends on the person's health and how severe the infection is and the person's health. The goals of treatment are to:

  • Lower the amount of the virus in the body
  • Keep the immune system as healthy as possible
  • Prevent other infections and cancers

If the person has other infections or cancers, they will need to be treated as well.

HIV treatment includes:


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HIV treatment. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/livingwithhiv/treatment.html. Accessed November 10, 2021.

Overview of HIV infection. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/overview-of-hiv-infection. Accessed November 10, 2021.

Sexually transmitted infections treatment guidelines 2021. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment-guidelines. Accessed November 10, 2021.

Last reviewed November 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board David L. Horn, MD, FACP  Last Updated: 11/11/2021