What would you like to do?

How do you treat HIV and AIDS?

already exists.

Would you like to merge this question into it?

already exists as an alternate of this question.

Would you like to make it the primary and merge this question into it?

exists and is an alternate of .

United Kingdom and United States treatment guidelines say that the aim of HIV treatment should be to achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load, below 50 copies/ml .. this being the cut off point for the ultra-sensitive viral load test.
Standard treatment for achieving this goal is for the patient to be given combinations of three or four different anti-retroviral drugs (also known as triple therapy, quadruple therapy, combination therapy or Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy).
None of these drugs can actually eliminate HIV, but they can suppress it to such low levels that it lets the immune system recover and get stronger by itself.
In addition to medications, patients are regularly monitored to assess:
  1. the amount of HIV in their blood (viral load testing)
  2. the strength of their immune system (CD4 testing)

Even if a patient starts treatment when they have already developed AIDS, it is possible for them to regain enough of their immune system that they can recover from many, if not all, AIDS-defining illnesses.
Although modern drugs are much easier to take and far less debilitating than they were before, drug regimens can be challenging and require a great deal of dedication to taking the treatment at the right time and in the right way.
Combination therapy using at least three drugs has now been used for over ten years - with many of the individual drugs having been used / studied for even longer.
The length of time that any given combination of drugs will remain effective depends very much on not developing resistance to any of the drugs - which in turn relies on a good adherence and keeping the viral load suppressed to undetectable levels.


NOTE: There is currently a vigorous and healthy debate about when it is best to start treatment. Current guidelines are based on the fact that some of the treatments were - in the past - potentially quite unpleasant, debilitating and lifestyle limiting; but this is no longer the case and the body of medical opinion now seems to be swinging to a position of supporting commencement of treatment whilst the patient's immune function is still substantially intact.

There is no cure for AIDS, but there are medications/drugs to treat it. AIDS will not disappear from your system, but it can be helped.
1 person found this useful
Thanks for the feedback!

How does HIV differ from the disease AIDS?

HIV is a virus, specifically the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, that is the precursor to AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. While AIDS has a host of symptoms that ran

Can you have AIDS without HIV?

no but you can have HIV without AID

Can a person get AIDS if they do not have HIV?

No, a person cannot get AIDS if they do not have HIV. AIDS, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, refers to the syndrome caused when a person's HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency

Can a person go from AIDS to HIV?

No. Aids isn't actually a sickness, but hiv is. You can have hiv in your body in a long time (several years) without feeling sick or anything. What the hiv viruses do is that

Will there ever be a cure for HIV And AIDS?

The current medical research on cures for HIV and AIDS looks very promising. ...However, the current approach of HIV drug maintenance can keep patients alive, at a cost of $

Can a person be infected with HIV but not get AIDS?

Yes. HIV is the initial infection. With retro virus drugs HIV can be controlled for many years without the onset of AIDS.Normally people do start to show signs of full blown A

If a person is HIV positive do they have AIDS?

No, not always. A person can be positive for HIV, but not for AIDS. Some people are positive for HIV, but they don't develop the actual AIDS disease - because HIV is just a vi

What do the letters in AIDS and HIV stand for?

AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is the name for a virus that makes your immune system weaker, and AI

AIDS or HIV?

HIV is a lentivirus what that means is that it is a "slow virus", it attacks the immune system, because they take such long time to produce any advertences that affect the bod

What happens when HIV turns into aids?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV doesnt necessarily turn into AIDS, but causes the immune system not to work as well. When a

Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

HIV/AIDS attacks the immune system directly. By having the immune system weakened, you are more prone to disease. once your immune system is too weak, you die due to lack of b

How can you get AIDS or HIV?

  Sexual transmission     Exposure to blood-borne pathogens     Perinatal transmission   The transmission of the virus from the mother to the chil