Treatment

Those infected with HIV can live healthy, happy lives with treatment called Antiretroviral Therapy (ART).  Although the treatment must be taken on a daily basis, in most cases it’s as simple as one pill per day! Once you know you are HIV+, it’s important to begin treatment immediately; delaying it will allow the virus to continue harming your immune system. If taken properly, ART can greatly reduce the risk of passing HIV on to others.

As with most medications, side effects are possible and can vary significantly. It is possible that some symptoms may appear immediately, only lasting a few days or weeks, while others may start later and last much longer. While slightly uncomfortable, the benefit of ART far outweighs the side effects.

Possible side effects include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Pain

Don’t let the cost of a prescription become a barrier to treatment. AIDS Outreach can help you navigate insurance, explore alternative options to help with the cost, and talk about any concerns you may have.

AIDS Outreach can help you connect with Ryan White Case Management Program which assists people who make less than 431% of the Federal Poverty Level. People in enrolled in the Ryan White program can receive assistance with health insurance premiums, copays and deductibles associated with HIV care.

We are working hard to destigmatize HIV.