While there is currently no cure for HIV or AIDS, HIV medicines can help control HIV infection, which can help protect your immune system and reduce the risk of serious infections. Even when you are being treated for HIV-1, there is still a risk of passing HIV-1 on to others. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. To find out which HIV medicines might be right for you, talk to a healthcare provider.
HIV treatments can help to:
Get the most from your HIV treatment by taking your medicines exactly as your healthcare provider prescribes them. Your viral load can increase if you don’t take your HIV medicines as prescribed, if you miss doses, or if you stop treatment. This can also cause drug resistance, meaning that your HIV virus has become less likely to respond to medicines and more difficult to treat, now and in the future.
Ask your healthcare provider about your options for treating HIV. Different HIV medicines are taken in a variety of ways:
It is important to let your healthcare provider know if you have any other health conditions or if you are currently taking any other medicines, including prescription, over-the-counter vitamins, and herbal supplements. Your healthcare provider will prescribe an option that is right for you.
Talk to your healthcare provider about
questions you may have about HIV-1 and AIDS.
STRIBILD can cause serious side effects:
STRIBILD® is a prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 in people 12 years and older and weigh at least 77 pounds. It can either be used in people who are starting HIV-1 treatment and have never taken HIV-1 medicines before, or people who are replacing their current HIV-1 medicines and whose healthcare provider determines that they meet certain requirements. These include having an undetectable viral load (less than 50 copies/mL of virus in their blood) for 6 months or more on their current HIV-1 treatment. STRIBILD combines 4 medicines into 1 pill to be taken once a day with food. STRIBILD is a complete single tablet regimen and should not be used with other HIV-1 medicines.
STRIBILD does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. To control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses, you must keep taking STRIBILD. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to reduce the risk of passing HIV-1 to others. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them.
The information in this section is intended for residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older.
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