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.

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.