Treating

Treating

TREATMENT BASICS

Today's treatments mean that most people living with HIV are leading full and active lives. Treatments these days are less toxic, have fewer side effects and are far better at fighting the HIV virus than they once were. Most importantly, today's treatments have significantly increased life expectancy for many people living with HIV. 

A critical new piece of research – the START study – shows that starting treatment as early as possible is really important. The START study found that the risk of HIV-related health complications reduces by more than 50% for those who start treatment early. This includes conditions such as cancer, renal failure and liver disease.

New treatments also make reaching an undetectable viral load [+U] possible for more people. If a person is able to obtain and maintain an undetectable viral load it means the chances of passing on HIV through sex are negligible - which is defined as "so small or unimportant as to be not worth considering; insignificant."

This creates a major new opportunity for the prevention of HIV transmission, where treatment effectively becomes a form of prevention. Remember, however, that if someone reaches undetectable, their viral load can still go up and down. Its still really important to use protection when hooking up with casual partners.

> TREATMENTS AND ADHERENCE

> NEWLY DIAGNOSED

> UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD [+U]

> NOT READY TO TREAT?

> ACCESS TO TREATMENTS

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