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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 more advanced treatment options than ever.  With treatment, HIV is no longer regarded as a terminal illness and is instead considered a chronic manageable condition.

Read more about treatment in our fact sheets

10 Treatment Factsheet – Is it worth getting health insurance?

10 Treatment Factsheet – Is it worth getting health insurance?

What are the considerations when thinking about health insurance? Unlike with other forms of insurance, private health insurers cannot refuse to insure any person, and must charge everyone the same premium for the same level of cover, despite their risk profile and likelihood of using health services. Read more about how to research which one may be right for you.

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08 Treatment Factsheet – HIV Injectable Treatments

08 Treatment Factsheet – HIV Injectable Treatments

NAPWHA Treatment Factsheet 8:  HIV treatments have come a long way since the early days of multiple pills, high doses and chronic side effects. Many of us are now able to take just one pill, once a day and carry on with life as usual. But some people find it difficult...

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06 Treatment Factsheet – How do HIV treatments really work?

06 Treatment Factsheet – How do HIV treatments really work?

There are five main families of HIV treatments currently available in Australia and each one attacks HIV in a completely different way. To understand how each treatment works, you also need to understand the life cycle that HIV goes through to replicate in your body.

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03 Treatment Factsheet – HIV treatment clash

03 Treatment Factsheet – 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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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.

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