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Starting HIV treatment is a lifesaving decision. Today's HIV treatment is highly effective and many find it easy to take -- but getting started can feel overwhelming. Get the information and support you need in taking your next steps towards treatment.

Learn the Basics

Joel Gallant, M.D., M.P.H., discusses his choices for initial therapy, options for simplification and switching and drugs in the pipeline.
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Get clear answers to the common questions when you are considering starting treatment after an HIV diagnosis.
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Members of TheBody.com's community have shared their "first pill" stories so others starting or considering meds would know, no matter what their feelings, they are not alone.
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Treatment Guidelines

The U.S. has highly respected official guidelines on when the best time is for a person to start HIV meds, as well as what to start treatment with. They currently recommend:

First-Line Regimens:

To learn more about each of the HIV meds that U.S. guidelines list as potential first-line drugs, browse this page:

As of 2015, all five major international HIV treatment guidelines recommend starting HIV antiretroviral therapy immediately for all individuals living with HIV, regardless of CD4 count.

To learn more about the latest HIV/AIDS treatment guidelines, read this rundown or download the full (and very detailed) official document.




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