My Hiv, Glasgow

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09:00 – 17:00
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What you need to know about starting HIV treatment, possible side effects and the importance of taking medication in the correct way. Treatment with anti-HIV drugs is sometimes called combination therapy, because people usually take at least three different drugs at the same time. This is also known as antiretroviral therapy, or highly active antiretroviral therapy - HAART for short. HIV treatment does not cure HIV, but it stops the virus reproducing in your body. It can reduce levels of the virus in the blood to such low levels that it is not able to cause damage to your immune system. Once you start HIV treatment, you are likely to be taking it for the rest of your life. The aim of HIV treatment is an ‘undetectable’ viral load.
This means that the level of HIV in your blood is so low, it can’t be detected by the tests used to measure viral load. But it doesn’t mean there is no HIV at all and levels may be higher in other body fluids and parts of the body. Not everybody with HIV needs to take HIV treatment straight away. It’s different for different people, but it usually takes several years after infection before it is required. If you are not taking HIV treatment, HIV can attack and weaken your immune system (the body’s natural defences against infections). When HIV has done a lot of damage to the immune system, you are likely to become vulnerable to infections that you would normally be able to fight off.
HIV also causes inflammation in various parts of the body. This can increase the risk of a number of illnesses. These include cardiovascular disease (for example, heart attack and stroke), kidney or liver problems and some cancers. The damage that HIV causes happens slowly, often over a number of years. It is often the case that a person feels well during this time but even if you believe you are in good health, HIV is likely to be causing damage to your immune system.


Keywords:
HIV Treatment, HIV Clinic, Post Exposure Prophylaxis, HIV Infection, HIV Positive
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