Does everyone need ART?


Even with a high CD4 count, HIV can still cause serious problems.

ART is very effective and easy to take. It often involves only one or two pills a day.

The main reason people delay ART is when there is only limited access to treatment in certain countries.

My first reaction was to put off starting therapy for as long as possible. I tried to improve my immune system by stopping smoking and using supplements, until I realised that my best bet was to use ARVs. They are the only way to ensure my long-term survival.

After 8 months of resisting treatment I eventually started ARVs. I do not say that I gave in, but that I became more clever!

— Vladimir, St Petersburg

Last updated: 1 October 2019.