Living Positive Intro
Antiretrovirals (ARVs) reduce the amount of HIV in the body, which results inviral load suppression.
This means there is only a low amount of HIV in the body and your immune system gets a chance to recover.
If you are virally suppressed you can enjoy a healthy and productive life. You also have less chance of passing HIV on to your partner.
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Reaching viral load suppression means:
- HIV is not harming the body, which means you can live a healthy and productive life.
- There is less risk of developing drug resistance and having to switch to new second-line HIV treatment, which can have more side-effects.
- There is less chance of passing the virus on to a sexual partner.
- There is an opportunity for you to have HIV-negative children without passing HIV on to your partner.
Adherence, which means taking your ARVs exactly as prescribed by thehealthcareworker, is very important in achieving viral load suppression.
For ART to be effective it needs 100% adherence. This means:
- Not taking breaks from taking ARVs.
- Never skipping a dose.
- Taking ARVs at the same time every day. Not doing so is as bad as skipping a dose.
- Avoid taking other medication that might interfere with ARVs.