HIV attacks and destroys the infection-fighting CD4 cells of the immune system. Loss of CD4 cells makes it hard for the body to fight off infections.
HIV medicines prevent HIV from multiplying (making copies of itself), which reduces the amount of HIV in the body. Having less HIV in the body gives the immune system a chance to recover. Even though there is still some HIV in the body, the immune system is strong enough to fight off infections and cancers.
By reducing the amount of HIV in the body, HIV medicines also reduce the risk of HIV transmission to sexual partners.
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the use of HIV medicines to treat HIV infection. ART involves taking a combination of HIV medicines (called an HIV regimen) every day. ART is recommended for everyone with HIV. ART can’t cure HIV, but it helps people with HIV live longer, healthier lives.
Below are resources that list the various approved therapiesand treatment guidelines for HIV/AIDS.
Antiretroviral drugs used in the treatment of HIV infection Approved antiretroviral drugs for pediatric treatment of HIV infection Approved generic formulations of antiretroviral drugs used in the treatment of HIV infection Approved therapies for the treatment of complications of HIV/AIDS Approved medical devices for the treatment of complications of HIV/AIDS Current HIV treatment guidelines The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issues guidance documents for the medical management of HIV infection and other issues surrounding HIV infection. Includes guidelines for antiretroviral treatment, maternal-child transmission,... Antiretroviral Reference Tables for Clinicians Reference charts showing possible dose adjustments for the following (1) interacting antiretroviral medications, (2) adult dosing for ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitors, (3) options for once-daily dosing of antiretrovirals, (4) dosing of... HIV and AIDS--Medicines to Help You