Living Long and Healthy Lives with HIV

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There is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments to enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life. If anyone think he has been exposed to the virus within the last 72 hours (three days), anti-HIV medication post-exposure prophylaxis may stop him becoming infected. The quicker PEP is started the better The longer the wait, the less chance of it being effective. But the description is not accurate. PEP is a month-long treatment, which has serious side effects and is not guaranteed to work. The treatment involves taking the same drugs prescribed to people who have tested positive for HIV. If you are diagnosed with HIV, you will have regular blood tests to monitor the progress of the virus before starting treatment. You will not normally need to start treatment until the virus has begun weakening your immune system. This is determined mainly by measuring your levels of CD4, which are infection-fighting cells, in your blood. Antiretroviral drugs HIV is treated with antiretrovirals (ARVs), which work against the HIV infection by slowing down the spread of the virus i...
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