Medicines may be prescribed to treat problems related to AIDS such as anemia, low white cell count, and to prevent opportunistic infections. Vyas, MD, Ph D, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital.
When HIV becomes resistant to HAART, other drug combinations must be used to try to suppress the resistant HIV strain of HIV. Common side effects are: When used for a long time, these drugs increase the risk of heart attack, perhaps by increasing the levels of cholesterol and glucose (sugar) in the blood.
There are a variety of new drugs on the market for treating drug-resistant HIV. Persons on ART are monitored by their health care provider for possible side effects.
But there is a risk of getting the infection, even with the use of condoms. Nearly all people infected with HIV through blood transfusions received those transfusions before 1985, the year HIV testing began for all donated blood. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 392.
Abstinence is the only sure way to prevent sexual transmission of HIV. If you believe you have been exposed to HIV, seek medical attention right away. Starting antiviral medicines can reduce the chances that you will be infected. It has been used to prevent transmission in health care workers injured by needle sticks.
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HIV can become resistant to one combination of ART.
This is most true in patients who do not take their medications on schedule every day. follows rigorous standards of quality and accountability.
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