HIV treatment

As there is no known cure for full-blown AIDS, the aim of therapy is to affect the action of HIV and reduce the immune suppression it causes. With improving treatment, fewer people should develop AIDS and it is possible that HIV infection may one day be a manageable chronic illness.

HIV treatmentManaging patients with HIV infection and AIDS is becoming increasingly more complex as new medications and technologies are approved. Recent research shows that therapy which combines more than one type of antiviral drug offers the best chance of managing HIV and AIDS progression. As the majority of AIDS patients die because of opportunistic infections, advances in the prevention and treatment of these has helped to decrease mortality rates in AIDS patients.

Enhancing immune function plays an important role in delaying the onset of AIDS. A healthy diet; nutritional supplements; avoiding smoking, alcohol and caffeine; adequate sleep; and exercise all play an important role in helping the immune system to work well. Stress reduction is also very important. Research has shown that severe life stress increases the risk of early progression of disease in those who are HIV-positive.

Many HIV-positive people use alternative treatments such as relaxation, touch, spiritual and selfhelp therapies. Herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy and dietary therapies are also popular.

 
 
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