Human Immunodeficiency Virus is a deficiency that weakens the immune system, thereby limiting the potential to fight off other diseases or infections. If HIV is not treated at the earlier stage, it can lead to a deadlier disease known as Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
There are ways to manage the virus in order to live well.
Let’s dive into it…shall we?
The only treatment for HIV is Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), a therapy that involves using several HIV medicines to manage the virus but not to cure it. The medicines are broken down into some regimens based on individual need.
“There are many HIV medicines available for HIV regimens. The HIV medicines are grouped into seven drug classes according to how they fight HIV. A person’s initial HIV regimen usually includes three HIV medicines from at least two different HIV drug classes.” ~AIDSinfo.
As viral load begins to reduce, prescribed medication reduces and treatment conditions are more manageable.
Now how does the therapy work?
HIV attacks and destroys the infection-fighting CD4 cells of the immune system. Loss of CD4 cells makes it hard for the body to fight off infections and certain HIV-related cancers.
HIV medicines prevent HIV from multiplying (making copies of itself), which reduces the amount of HIV in the body (also called the viral load). Having less HIV in the body gives the immune system a chance to recover.
Even though there is still some HIV in the body, the immune system is strong enough to fight off infections and certain HIV-related cancers.
By reducing the amount of HIV in the body, HIV medicines also reduce the risk of HIV transmission. A main goal of ART is to reduce a person’s viral load to an undetectable level.
An undetectable viral load means that the level of HIV in the blood is too low to be detected by a viral load test. People with HIV who maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to their HIV-negative partner through sex.” ~AIDSinfo.
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It is imperative to know that treatment should commence as soon as the virus is detected. Failure to adhere to this might lead to some unpalatable occurrences.
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