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What You Need to Know About HIV and AIDS Drugs

Treatment with HIV-AIDS drugs is known as antiretroviral therapy (ART). People on antiretroviral therapy use a combination of HIV medicines called ARVs, which includes three HIV drugs from at least two distinct drug classes. The drugs work by inhibiting the replication of the HIV in the body, thereby enabling the immune system to redesign itself and prevent further damage.

HIV is treated using a combination of ARVs. This is because the virus quickly adapts and becomes resistant to a single ARV. Different individuals require different HIV drugs. Some antiretroviral drugs have been fused into one pill making it possible for people diagnosed with HIV to take only a single pill or two pills a day.

The AIDS drugs are not the conventional medicines that are taken during the ailing period. Once you start using them, you can’t stop for the rest of your life. To achieve more effectiveness, you need to take the ARVs continually. If you fail to take the drugs regularly, the treatment may end up as a failure.

Several of these AIDS drugs can interact well with other medication bought over the counter or those prescribed by your general practitioner. These include other recreational drugs or other herbal remedies. Most of these ARVs have side effects which include; diarrhea, nausea, sleeping difficulties and skin rashes. The side effects are not too severe, but if they extend to extreme levels, you can ask your general practitioner to prescribe another combination of ARVs to see if the side effects will subdue.

It is, however, critical to note that even though all people diagnosed with HIV use AIDS drugs, they don’t use the same medication as treatment is prescribed by a doctor depending on the severity and seriousness of the infection. You should also know that AID drugs can’t prevent the spread of the virus to others.