When should I start HIV treatment?

The sooner you start to take HIV treatment, the sooner you can benefit from it. HIV treatment guidelines, both in the UK and elsewhere in the world, now recommend that all people with HIV should take HIV treatment.

Research shows that people who start treatment earlier are less likely to get ill or to pass HIV on to other people.

While the medical case for starting treatment as soon as possible is clear cut, the decision to start treatment rests with the person living with HIV. Before starting treatment, it’s important that you understand how it works and what it involves. You may need a little time before you feel ready to start.

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