How Old Can I Live With HIV? When someone asks me this my answer is always this:
It depends on HIV treatment! You need perfect adhesion.
I conduct my treatment against HIV and Mara, it is mutual cooperation for that, a Sparta and even a Draconian discipline!
How do you treat HIV?
Antiretroviral Therapy, ART. Treatment against HIV Infection.
There is no cure for HIV, but treatment options are much better than a few decades ago. Because of medical advances, people can now live long and active lives with HIV.
Before starting treatment, tell your doctor about all your health problems and previous illnesses. Inform them of any alternative or complementary therapies you are using, as well as any supplements or medications you are taking now: prescription, over-the-counter and recreational.
Daily medication and regular testing can help keep the virus under control and delay the effects on your body for many years.
ART (antiretroviral therapy)
Medicines that treat HIV are called antiretroviral drugs. There are more than two dozen of them, and they fall into six main types. Each drug fights the virus in your body in a slightly different way.
Research shows that a combination, or "cocktail," of drugs is the best way to control HIV and reduce the chances of the virus becoming resistant to treatment. Your doctor will probably recommend that you take three different medications from two of the groups.
The specific medications your doctor prescribes depend on other medical conditions you have, the medications you take, the functioning of your immune system, and even how many pills you want to take each day.
You may also need medication for health problems caused or related to HIV.
How do you treat HIV? The side effects of medications are many but
ART medications can have side effects, although newer medications generally do not cause as many. You can have some for a short time. They may include:
- Feeling sick or vomiting
- Skin rashes
- Trouble sleeping
Often, the side effects go away as your body adjusts to the medication.
If a side effect bothers you, you can do something about it. Check with your doctor or pharmacist whether or not you should take your medications with stomach empty. +
Let your doctor know that you are having problems. They can prescribe something to help or change their treatment regimen to lessen the impact.
Don't stop taking your ART This could give HIV a chance to get stronger, gain resistance against mechanics and cause more damage.
You will need tests to help your doctor plan your treatment and to see if it is working well. If you change your medication, you will need tests to see how they work.
A CD4 count tells the doctor how healthy your immune.
HIV attacks your CD4 cells, and the test checks their number in a sample of blood. You will probably have a CD4 count test about a month after starting treatment and every 3 to 6 months.
A viral load is a measure of how much of the HIV virus is in your blood. You will need to get tested about a month after starting treatment and then every 3 or 4 months thereafter to make sure that your antiviral drugs are still working.
Talk to your doctor!
Your doctor will also test you to make sure that the strain of HIV you have is not resistant to any drugs. Sometimes HIV changes, or mutates, to a form that certain medications cannot treat.
Other tests check your health to help you avoid related diseases and conditions.
- Blood tests for anemia, blood sugar and other conditions, in addition to checking that specific organs and other parts of the body are functioning well.
- urine Exams that check the kidneys.
- cholesterol e triglycerides Tests because HIV and many of the antiretroviral drugs that treat it can increase the levels of these fats
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes and chlamydia.
- Infections and diseases like hepatitis, tuberculosis and toxoplasmosis.
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