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Treatments for AIDS

There are different ways to treat HIV. It depends on how severe the infection is and how healthy you are. The goals of treatment are to:

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

If you have other infections or cancers, they will need to be treated as well.

HIV treatment includes:

REFERENCES:

2015 Sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/default.htm. Updated January 25, 2017. Accessed September 17, 2018.

Guide for HIV/AIDS clinical care. National Institute of Health and Human Services website. Available at: https://hab.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hab/clinical-quality-management/2014guide.pdf. Updated April 2014. Accessed September 17, 2018.

HIV treatment. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/livingwithhiv/treatment.html. Updated August 27, 2018. Accessed September 17, 2018.

Overview of HIV infection. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at:http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114424/Overview-of-HIV-infection. Updated July 31, 2018. Accessed September 17, 2018.

Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board David L. Horn, MD, FACP  Last Updated: 9/17/2018