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Living with HIV
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
Prior to the onset of antiretrovirals (medications used to manage HIV infections), all HIV positive individuals progressed from phase 1 through 4, and this without great exception. With the advent of highly active antiretroviral medications, it is possible to manipulate the virus and it is no longer necessary to progress systematically through HIV to AIDS without the hope of improvement. While it is impossible to regress from phase 2, 3 or 4 to phase 1 (primo-infection), it is possible to reverse the progression of infection and to improve someone’s condition: from AIDS to phase 3 or 2, as an example. The goal of an appropriately timed treatment intervention is to prevent the HIV virus from degrading your immune system – and to assist you in maintaining your health at its optimal level.
Regardless of the stage of infection at which you are diagnosed, there are medications available that will effectively permit you to control your HIV, slow down its progression and ideally improve your overall immune and health status. You in control of the virus, and not the opposite!