October 27, 2017

Frequently asked questions about ARVs

Can ARV’s cure HIV? No, ARV’s can decrease the viral load (the amount of virus in the bloodstream), but they are not a cure. Even if the viral load on a blood test is so low that it’s “undetectable”, the virus is not gone. How can a doctor tell if the ARV’s are working? The viral load should go down and the CD4 count should go up. What happens if I miss a dose of ARV’s? Take the medication as soon as you can and take the next dose at the scheduled time (except if the drug may have daytime…
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October 21, 2015

Why it’s so important to stick to your ARV treatment schedule

ARV treatment doesn’t cure you of HIV, it only helps to keep the infection under control so that you can stay healthy for as long as possible. If you do not take your ARVs as prescribed, you’re putting yourself in danger. Some of the risks include: 1. Your HIV infection may become resistant to the medication – this means that the treatment will no longer keep the infection under control because the virus finds ways to protect itself from the ARVs. Also, you’ll never be able to use that particular medication again – it will not work and please remember…
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September 20, 2014

What is PrEP and PEP?

Ever heard of the acronyms PrEP and PEP? Both refer to HIV prevention; let’s have a look at what these terms mean. PrEP: This stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Prophylaxis means to “prevent the spread of a disease or infection”. We’re desperately trying to curb the spread of HIV infection and PrEP is one of the newer methods being used - an HIV negative person will take a tablet (containing two types of antiretroviral medication) every day to prevent contracting HIV. This, together with other preventative methods such as condom use, can offer very good protection. So who would take PrEP?…
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January 23, 2014

What to eat if you are HIV positive

Good nutrition and a balanced diet is incredibly important for people with HIV, as they have a compromised immune system and are prone to illness and infection. They are also at higher risk for developing other diseases, and may experience common side effects such as fatigue. Certain foods can help people with HIV to feel better, and can boost their immune system so that they get sick less often and are able to fight off infection. For a lot of HIV positive people who take ARVs, the medication can make them feel ill and nauseous. If this happens to you,…
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