Current HIV Tests and Treatments

HIV Tests and Treatments

This booklet describes the currently available antiviral drugs for the treatment and management of HIV infection. It also describes some common tests used to monitor the health of people with HIV, and how these tests can be used to help you look after your health, or make decisions about starting, stopping or changing antiviral treatments.
This booklet is for anyone with HIV who may be considering starting, stopping or changing treatment. It is designed for all people with HIV, whether you have been recently diagnosed, or have known about your HIV positive status for some time.

The information in this resource is designed to help you:

  • understand how HIV antiviral treatments work, and what drugs are currently available;
  • understand the different tests which might be suggested by your doctor to help monitor your health; and
  • work with your doctor to come up with the most appropriate HIV treatment and management strategy for you – whether with or without antiviral drugs.

It also contains some information about:

  • drug side effects and how they might be managed; and
  • tips and tricks for getting the most out of your drugs.

This booklet covers:

  • The basics of HIV
  • How HIV works
  • Viral load
  • CD4 count
  • Antiviral treatments
  • When to start?
  • What combinations are best?
  • Adherence
  • Treatment breaks
  • Side effects
  • HIV Antiviral Drugs currently available in New Zealand under Pharmac
We hope that this free publication from Body Positive will help you:
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New 2019 Edition
Published: March 2019
File Size: 710KB
If you would like a printed copy of this booklet sent to you instead please contact us
This booklet is a reproduction for New Zealand of an original booklet published by AFAO (Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations)
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