What is HIV treatment?

HIV treatment goes by many names: combination therapy, antiretroviral therapy (ART), highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and HIV meds, to name just a few. In this guide we use mostly the term HIV treatment.

HIV treatment involves taking a combination of drugs—usually three or more every day—to keep you healthy. Although many people take just one pill once a day, that pill contains several different drugs. An injectable treatment is also available, which is given every month or two and replaces the need to take pills every day.

With many HIV drugs and many combinations available, you are likely to find a treatment that works for you, with minimal or no side effects.

Ultimately, effective HIV treatment and care allows people with HIV to live full and healthy lives.