HIV is now classified as a chronic illness, not a fatal one. The recent and continuing improvements in ARV therapies mean that people living with HIV can experience a near-to-normal life expectancy, undetectable levels of virus, and enjoy a full life.
Of course, this means that doctors and patients must work together to devise and maintain sustainable treatment regimes which can keep people living with HIV healthy. Monitoring for adherence and resistance are key to ensuring that patients benefit as much as they can from modern medicine.
For more patient stories, the Terrence Higgins Trust’s My HIV website is a hugely important resource.
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