This guide includes information about the most important aspects of HIV treatment. It is written and reviewed by HIV positive people and it uses everyday language to explain medical terms.

Current edition April 2013.

Open publication as a magazine

4-page ARV drug chart – PDF (November 2013 update)


First questions

Age, heart disease, gender and pregnancy

Deciding when to start treatment

Why are treatment guidelines different?

Treatment as Prevention (TasP)

Side effects

You and your doctor



Which drugs, which combination?

HIV in the UK: NHS changes and new generic drugs

Your personal treatment history


Further information

Tables and diagrams


PDF downloads


Written and compiled by Simon Collins for HIV i-Base with thanks to an extended advisory group of HIV-positive people and community advocates.

Design by No Days Off. Funding thanks to The Monument Trust.

Not-for-profit copying is encouraged or call for additional free copies.

About our guides

Information about how we produced this guide and the importance of direct and easy to understand language.

This includes information on how to write non technical medical information that may be useful as a resource for other organisations.

1 April 2013