Produced for HIV-positive patients by the UK-based AIDS information and service AVERT, this guide explains antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment in clear language.

It begins with definitions of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) and opportunistic infections, then outlines the main types of ARVs available and the different tests for monitoring treatment. 

The guide also covers the question of when to start ARV treatment, the relative merits of structured treatment interruption, drug resistance, mother-to-child transmission, and side effects such as the fat redistribution known as lipodystrophy.


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