What is ART and what are ARVs?

What is ART?

ART stands for antiretroviral treatment. It is also called combination therapy or HIV treatment.

What are ARVs?

HIV drugs are called antiretrovirals (ARVs) because HIV is a type of virus called a retrovirus.

ART nearly always includes at least three active drugs.

Some pills contain more than one drug and some single pills contain a complete combination (of 3 or 4 drugs).

Seeing people get better on combination therapy is without a doubt the most extraordinary thing I have ever seen. It made me become an activist.

— Polly, London.

Last updated: 1 May 2018.