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Living with HIV
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
Antiretrovirals can be divided into several classes or categories of medications. Each different class of medication attempts to inhibit the replication of HIV at a different point in its reproduction path. What follows is a general review of the different medication classes – please refer to the link section to review medications under review or undergoing clinical research. The list of antiretrovirals is constantly expanding – refer to your physician, community support group or the internet to explore "up and coming medications".
HIV medications fall into six types or "classes":
All six classes of medications have been designed to interfere with HIV's ability to copy itself -- that is, to reproduce inside your body. Each class of medication stops the virus at a different moment in its reproductive cycle.