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Treatments for AIDS

Treatment aims to decrease the amount of virus in the body and keep the immune system as healthy as possible to prevent infections and cancers. Treatment for HIV may involve the following:

Medications
Lifestyle changes
Other treatments
Alternative and complementary treatments


Surgical procedures are sometimes combined with medical therapy for the treatment of various opportunistic infections and cancers associated with AIDS.

References:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov.

Conn's Current Therapy 2001 . 53rd edition. WB Saunders Company; 2001.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases website. Available at: http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/.

Textbook of Primary Care Medicine . 3rd edition. Mosby, Inc.; 2001.



Last reviewed January 2007 by Jill D. Landis, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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