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How treatment works

Roger Pebody

HIV treatment helps you stay well by reducing the amount of HIV in your body. All anti-HIV drugs try to prevent HIV infecting new cells, but different types of drugs do this in different ways. A combination of two different types of drugs provides a powerful attack on HIV.

The aim of treatment is an ‘undetectable viral load’ – very low levels of HIV in the blood.

Click here to see our illustrated leaflet showing how different types of anti-HIV drugs work against HIV.

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How treatment works

Published February 2012

Last reviewed February 2012

Next review February 2015

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  • Expands on the previous level, but also written in easy-to-understand plain language.
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