Intro to ART coverThis 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. September 2015.

Introduction

First questions: what, when, why?

Age, heart disease, gender and pregnancy

Deciding when to start treatment

Treatment as Prevention (TasP)

Side effects

You and your doctor: your rights as a patient and things you can do to help

Adherence

Drug resistance

Which drugs, which combination?

Generic HIV drugs and HIV care on the NHS

Your personal treatment history

Glossary

Further information

Tables and diagrams

References

PDFs and downloads

Feedback

Quotes

Credits

Written and compiled by Simon Collins for HIV i-Base with thanks to an extended advisory group of HIV positive people and community advocates for comments. Additional thanks to Dr Laura Waters, Dr Tristan Barber and to Neal Marshall at the HIV Pharmacist Group for medical review and comments. Thanks also to Hosanna, Lenny, Matt, Memory, Mike, Nathan, Paul, Polly, Simon, Vladimir, Winnie and Xavi for permission to include quotes from their experience. Design by No Days Off. Funding thanks to The Monument Trust. Not-for-profit copying is encouraged or call for additional free copies.

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1 September 2015