HIV is treated with drugs known as ARVs, short for antiretrovirals.

The South African government provides free HIV treatment to anyone who tests positive, no matter what their CD4 count is.

Treatment is really important for your health as it reduces the amount of HIV in your body and boosts your immune system. ARVs also suppresses your viral load. Viral load is the amount of HIV in your blood. When your viral load is high, you have more HIV in your body, and that means your immune system is not fighting HIV efficiently. The earlier you start treatment the better.

There are alternative clinics that provide ARVs in some communities Visit: or *120*662# to find your nearest alternative clinic.