HIV/Aids Around The World. By: Meghan Mullinix, Carolyn Vidal, Katie Schott, and Brendan Cutliff. What Is Aids/HIV?. HIV stands for ‘ Human Immunodeficiency Virus’. HIV is a virus that infects the cells that make up the human body It can be passed from one person to another
HIV/Aids Around The World
By: Meghan Mullinix, Carolyn Vidal, Katie Schott, and Brendan Cutliff
A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
The primary treatment for HIV/AIDs is antiretroviral drugs. Since there is no known cure for this disease, these drugs keep a person alive.
The goal of antiretroviral treatment is to keep the amount of HIV in the body at a low level. This stops any weakening of the immune system and allows it to recover from any damage that HIV might have caused already.
You can also use another type of treatment called combination therapy which is combing two or more antiretroviral drugs at the same time. Using three of more is called Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART)
There are more than 20 antiretroviral drugs but are not licensed or available.
The reason people take more than one drug at a time is because our body easily becomes resistant to a drug and its effects would stop working.
In the beginning of treatment, a person in on what’s called first line therapy. If HIV eventually becomes resistant to the combination then they will switch to another drug or combination which is called second line therapy.