Guides

Introduction

This is a booklet for anyone interested in HIV treatment (called ART).  

It is especially for HIV positive people to feel more in control of this part of life.

The guide was written and reviewed by HIV positive people, activists and health professionals.

Information is based on latest UK guidelines.

bhiva.org

When appropriate we also refer to latest European and US guidelines.

eacsociety.org

aidsinfo.nih.gov

All guidelines stress that ART should be individualised for you.

Changes in this update include:

  • The section on choice of first-line ART has been updated to focus on the most commonly used combinations.
  • Additional information is included about choice of ART and current guidelines. This includes that both EU and US guidelines now recommend integrase inhibitor-based treatment for first-line ART.
  • It also includes recent options for two-drug ART.
  • The section on future drugs has been updated.
  • The guide and 4-page drug chart in the centre pages have been updated to include new drugs and formulations. Pill sizes approximate to actual size. 
  • The guide and 4-page drug chart in the centre pages have been updated to include new drugs and formulations. Pill sizes approximate to actual size.

Detailed information about every HIV drug

It is an exciting time if you are HIV positive.

ART is now recommended for everyone, even at a high CD4 count. This is for all ages, genders, other health risks and where in the world you live.

By taking control over this aspect of HIV, you can carry on with your life.

The PARTNER study proved that ART also prevents HIV transmission.

PrEP is also more widely used by people who are HIV negative. This makes HIV prevention a more shared experience and reduces fear of HIV.

Starting ART is now a routine next step after finding out you are HIV positive. This can be one of the best ways to move forward after the shock of being diagnosed.

— Simon, London.

Last updated: 1 October 2019.