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 generally includes three active drugs but a few new options only use two drugs. 

Some pills contain more than one drug and some pills contain a complete combination (of 2, 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 October 2019.