3. 4 Do the drugs really work?
In every country that uses ART, the number of AIDS-related deaths and illnesses drop dramatically.
Treatment works for women, men and children. It works no matter how you were infected with HIV — whether this was sexually, through IV drug use, at birth or by blood transfusion.
Taking HIV drugs, exactly as prescribed, will reduce the virus in your body to tiny amounts. This then lets your immune system recover and get stronger by itself.
Now that HIV treatment is so effective, it is especially important to know whether you are HIV positive.
Many individual ARVs are also available in combination pills.
Generic HIV drugs work just as well as brand-name drugs.
Last updated: 1 January 2016.