ARV INFO

ARV TREATMENT CONTROL YOUR HIV INFECTION

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the combination of antiretroviral (ARV) meds to suppress the HIV virus and stop the progression of HIV disease. ARV treatment also prevents transmission of HIV

What is ARV/ART treatment?

HIV treatment involves taking medicines that slow the progression of the virus in your body. HIV is a type of virus called a retrovirus, and the combination of drugs used to treat it is called antiretroviral therapy (ARV and/or ART).

Cure for HIV does not yet exist, ARV treatment can keep you healthy for many years, Treatment reduces the amount of virus in your blood and body fluids. ARV

ART is usually taken as a combination of 3 or more drugs to have the greatest chance of lowering the amount of HIV in your body. Ask your health care provider about the availability of multiple drugs combined into 1 pill.

If the HIV medicines you are taking are not working as well as they should, your health care provider may change your prescription. A change is not unusual because the same treatment does not affect everyone in the same way.

Do I need ARV / ART treatment?

If you are infected with HIV simple answer is yes. You need ARV treatment. Otherwise HIV infection will progress to AIDS stage and its a death sentence.

ARV is recommended for all people with HIV, regardless of how long they’ve had the virus or how healthy they are. ARV treatment also reduces your chance of transmitting HIV to others if taken as prescribed. Its when amount of HIV in your blood is below 50 copies per mL what is called Undetectable = Untransmittable.

You should start Your treatment soon as HIV test result come positive and you cleared with few additional laboratory test.

Need advice?

ARV / ART Safety Guidelines

All ARV/ART medicines requires prescription and we can arrange it with full confidentiality. There are two options available for HIV positive patients with confirmed infection.

BEFORE YOU START TREATMENT: You must submit test results not older than 14 days include: HIV test result, chest X-Ray for TBC, kidney and liver function test, hepatitis A, B, C test result, viral load, CD4
FOLLOW UP: 30, 90, 180 days after start treatment viral load test is required

BEFORE YOU CHANGE TREATMENT: Information about current ARV used is a must. You must submit test results not older than 14 days include: HIV test result, chest X-Ray for TBC, kidney and liver function test, hepatitis A, B, C test result, viral load, CD4
FOLLOW UP: 30, 90, 180 days after start treatment viral load test is required

In rare situations direct consultation with doctor may be requested to assess patient condition.