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Fact Sheet
HIV and Its Treatment
Health Information for Patients

August 2012

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HIV and Its Treatment: What You Should Know


This series of fact sheets on HIV and its treatment is intended for adults and adolescents infected with HIV, their families, and their friends. the fact sheets include information on the basics of HIV/AIDS, recommended anti-HIV medications, and tips on how to successfully follow an anti-HIV regimen.

The fact sheets are based on information in the Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents. the Guidelines are developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents, a working group of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC). the current Guidelines are available on the AIDSinfo website at

These fact sheets are not intended as a substitute for the expert advice and care of medical professionals. Individuals seeking HIV/AIDS-related medical advice should consult with a health care provider.


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