It’s now recommended that everyone diagnosed with HIV starts treatment straight away – regardless of their CD4 count.
These changes reflect the findings of the START study.
It’s also important to know that if you’re taking HIV medication and have an undetectable viral load, you cannot pass on HIV.
It can take up to six months on treatment to become undetectable.
The HIV treatment you take will usually be a combination of three drugs. Sometimes these are combined into one tablet known as a ‘fixed dose combination’. You and your doctor should work together to decide on the right combination of drugs for you.
This guide contains anti-HIV drugs available in the UK.
Some drugs are much more likely to be prescribed to someone living with HIV than others.
Atripla (efavirenz + tenofovir disoproxil + emtricitabine)
Genvoya (elvitegravir + cobicistat + emtricitabine + tenofovir alafenamide)
Odefsey (rilpivirine + emtricitabine + tenofovir alafenamide)
Eviplera (rilpivirine + tenofovir disoproxil + emtricitabine)
Stribild (elvitegravir + emtricitabine + tenofovir disoproxil + cobicistat)
Triumeq (lamivudine + dolutegravir + abacavir)
(NRTI + NtRTI fixed dose)
Truvada (emtricitabine + tenofovir disoproxil)
Descovy (emtricitabine + tenofovir alafenamide)
Kivexa (abacavir + lamivudine)
Combivir (lamivudine + zidovudine)
Trizivir (lamivudine + zidovudine + abacavir)
Kaletra (lopinavir + ritonavir)
Evotaz (atazanavir + cobicistat)
(nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors)
(nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors)
tenofovir disoproxil (Viread)
(non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors)
nevirapine ER (Viramune prolonged release)
atazanavir (brand name: Reyataz)
(CCR5 inhibitors and fusion inhibitors)
HIV medication listing: data and images supplied by NAM.
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