HIV medication works. Effective antiretroviral treatment was introduced in 1996. Before that an HIV diagnosis was for most people a death sentence.
1995 Mortality rate 98%
1996 Medication introduced
1997 Mortality rate 2%
2017 Mortality rate – less than .01%
At first, you had to take many pills – day and night.- and there were considerable side effects.
Increasingly you start medication as soon as possible since there is substantial evidence that starting earlier is better and reduces damage to the immune system.
The guidelines suggest starting medication
Most patients experience NO side effects
Depending on the individual, side effects can occur for a short period of time after starting the medication. These can include: nausea or vomiting, drowsiness, lethargy, headaches, dizziness, disorientation or abdominal discomfort.
Severe side effects like lipodystrophy are virtually unheard of.
It usually takes between 1 to 3 months for your viral load to become undetectable.
If you are having difficulty taking your medication, swallowing your medication or sticking to your specific times, please talk to you doctor, nurse, health advisor or patient representative.
We are glad to say that 98% of Bloomsbury patients take their medication properly and are undetectable.
For more information use the NAM web-site
For clinical guideline go to the British HIV Association (BHIVA) web-site
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