What Are The Most Effective HIV Treatments?

hiv ribbon(BlackDoctor.org) — If you’re newly diagnosed with HIV or about to start HIV treatment, you may still be haunted by the old specter of gaunt AIDS patients and few treatment options.

HIV/AIDS is still here and it is still a serious disease. But the picture for patients in the U.S. today is very different than it was 30, 15, or even five years ago.

“Life expectancy has improved dramatically,” says Babafemi O. Taiwo, MBBS, an internist and assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “For many patients, it can be close to that of uninfected persons.”

The treatment that is making this era so much more hopeful is called highly active antiretroviral therapy, or HAART. HAART is a potent combination of at least three active antiretroviral medications (ARVs). HAART is popularly called the “AIDS cocktail” because of its mix of drugs.