Combination Therapy »

… this will almost certainly be in the form of a combination Regimen of 3 or more drugs.  This Combination therapy is sometimes referred to as ‘HAART’ (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy) or just ‘ART’ (Anti-Retroviral Therapy).  Giving HIV drugs in combination in this manner adds to the power of the regimen and also helps to prevent viral Resistance from developing.  This will in turn help to ensure that the medication provides complete and durable suppression of the HIV …

Treatment »

What will happen after my diagnosis?

After your diagnosis, your doctor should offer you a series of tests to check your health. These may not happen all in one go, but will be done over the next few appointments.

What is the treatment for hepatitis C ?

Treatment currently available for hepatitis C works by helping the body to clear the virus . A combination of weekly injections …

Starting Therapy »

One of the most important discussions you will have with your HIV specialist concerns the choice of anti-HIV drugs for a first combination. The choice of anti-HIV drugs should be guided by your wishes as well as those of the doctor. 

There are a variety of possibilities and you and your HIV specialist should try and work through them to give you as much choice as possible.

Different …

Choosing a Combination »

Each person’s medical situation, lifestyle and personal preferences will affect their choice of anti- HIV drugs. As with all aspects of your health, it is important to discuss with your HIV doctor which combination would best suit your needs.

Some of the issues you may need to consider when choosing drugs for your combination are outlined on the next few pages.

Choose a combination …

Taking the Drugs »

Whether you are taking your first regimen or have had to change to another, combination therapy based on three or more drugs will bring many changes to your daily routine.

Sticking to a timetable of taking drugs every day, being careful about when and what you eat with your drugs, regular visits to an HIV clinic for medical check-ups and blood tests, and the possibility of experiencing side effects can all get in the way of your usual lifestyle.

It’s a good …

When to Change »

The goal of combination therapy, to improve the length and quality of your life, is best achieved by suppressing viral replication to below detectable levels as measured on an ultrasensitive viral load assay, and keeping it there.

However, this is not always achievable with a given combination and it sometimes needs to be changed.

There are a number of reasons why a particular combination of …

Stopping Therapy »

Combination therapy reduces viral load levels in your body, giving your immune system some protection from HIV and an opportunity to recover from the damage caused by HIV.

When people have stopped taking combination therapy, most have found that their viral load increases, eventually returning to the level it was before they started.  More worryingly, the immune system starts to …

Your Prostate »

Only men have a prostate gland. It is located just below the Bladder , and is closely associated with sexual function since it produces a component of Semen .

It encircles the Urethra , the tube through which both Semen and urine pass to leave the body and it is this which can give rise to a number of problems in later years. Few things go wrong with the prostate, but those which do …

Prostate Cancer »

The Prostate

Only men have a prostate gland. It is located just below the bladder , and is closely associated with sexual function since it produces a component of semen . It encircles the urethra , the tube through which both semen and urine pass to leave the body and it is this which can give rise to a number of problems in later years. Few things go wrong with the prostate, but those …