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Medication used to treat HIV is commonly called treatment.  Or antiretrovirals (ARVs), antiretroviral therapy (ART), combination antitretroviral therapy (cART), highly active antitretroviral therapy (HAART) or meds.

The aim of HIV treatment is to reduce the amount of HIV in your blood to undetectable levels, and to maintain those undetectable levels.  Controlling HIV in this way with treatment allows your immune system to return to optimal functioning and prevents onward transmission of HIV (this is also referred to as undetectable=untransmittable or U=U).

HIV treatment has advanced considerably in recent years giving people with HIV have more advanced treatment options than ever.   In Australia, today, HIV is no longer a terminal illness and is instead now considered a chronic manageable health condition.

More information about HIV treatment as prevention can be found via the NAPWHA treatment fact sheet series. 

HIV treatment

Information on which HIV treatments are currently available under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in Australia are available from the ASHM website and via the pdf below.

Factsheet 1 – HIV Treatment Review

Factsheet 1 – HIV Treatment Review

NAPWHA Treatment Factsheet 1:  Are you on the best HIV treatment? There are so many different HIV treatments available today that everybody is now able to find a combination that is best for them.

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Factsheet 3 – HIV treatment clash

Factsheet 3 – HIV treatment clash

NAPWHA Treatment Factsheet 3:  Are you heading for a treatment clash? Combined with HIV treatment, some drug combinations can cause serious side-effects and make one or both drugs ineffective or toxic.

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Factsheet 4 – Treatment as Prevention (TasP)

Factsheet 4 – Treatment as Prevention (TasP)

NAPWHA Treatment Factsheet 4: How confident are you that HIV treatment is prevention? We always knew that treatment reduced the chance of passing on HIV, but proving that it eliminated the risk took some time.

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National Stigma and Resilience Framework

National Stigma and Resilience Framework

This NAPWHA national strategic framework to address HIV stigma and build resilience capacity for people living with HIV is not a guideline, or a policy document. The information is intended for people to draw on in their work in a way that will encourage them to think about the building of resilience among people living with HIV as a legitimate goal of peer-led and other health and support services.

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