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Living with HIV

HIV Treatments

There is no cure for HIV. Treatments are available and usually include taking HIV medications (anti-retrovirals) that reduce the amount of HIV in your body or slow down its reproduction. The less HIV  in your body and the more T cells you have, thus healthier you can be.

Since treatment for asymptomatic HIV infection is now available, early diagnosis is vitally important. Early diagnosis allows for early treatments that will help you live longer.

Different strains of HIV can be passed between two HIV positive people, leading to "reinfection" or "superinfection". This makes treatment of HIV more difficult and  it can also produce strains of the virus that are more resistant to existing medications. In addition to the risk of superinfection, condoms will prevent transmission of other STI's which can further weaken the immune system. So it's still important for two HIV positive people to use condoms.
 

Important facts about treatment for HIV are:

  • Treatment is not a cure
  • Treatments are strong, and complex drug regimes have many serious side effects, some of which can be life threatening
  • There are numerous ongoing clinical trials and treatments available
  • Treatment is not a cure
  • People are living longer with HIV today
     

People who are HIV positive can also have intimate relationships with people who are HIV negative. Sero-discordant relationships, as they are called, could in theory
be any relationship. As in any relationship, communication is key and safer sex is necessary.

If you were recently diagnosed with HIV there are supports available at ACNL

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