HIV Treatment

Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC

Family Medicine & Aesthetics located in Atlanta, GA

At least 1.1 million Americans live with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), but advances in HIV treatment mean you can live a long, healthy life with the virus. At Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC, board-certified family doctor Mark Tanner, MD, and the team offer highly effective HIV treatment with antiretroviral therapy. To find out whether HIV treatment is appropriate for you, call the practice in Atlanta, Georgia, today or schedule a confidential consultation online.

HIV Treatment

What should I do if I’ve been exposed to HIV?

If you think you've been exposed to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through sexual contact or shared needles, you can immediately take HIV medications to prevent you from becoming infected with the virus. These drugs are referred to as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).  

The earlier you start PEP, the better. It must be taken within 72 hours to be effective, so contact Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC right away. If the team at Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC prescribes you PEP, you'll take it once or twice a day for 28 days to avoid getting HIV.

I’ve been diagnosed with HIV — now what?

An HIV diagnosis means HIV is in your body for life. Although your immune system can't get rid of HIV, you can take medicine to prevent HIV from turning into AIDs. 

It's essential to seek medical attention immediately and take medication to treat HIV as soon as possible after your diagnosis. Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC prescribes a type of medicine called antiretroviral therapy (ART), a regime of three virus-fighting drugs.

What does HIV treatment do?

ART involves taking antiretroviral medicines that slow the progression of the virus in your body. Taking HIV medicine as prescribed lowers your viral load so it's virtually undetectable. 

Doctors call this viral suppression. Taking prescription medication to maintain an undetectable viral load is the best thing you can do to stay healthy. It also helps you avoid spreading HIV to a partner.

What happens without HIV treatment?

Without HIV treatment, the virus will attack your immune system, eventually turning into AIDS. AIDS can expose you to various types of life-threatening infections or cancer. You can avoid this by contacting Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC to find out more about HIV treatment.

What does HIV treatment involve?

HIV treatment usually includes a mixture of three or more medications, but some current medicines combine all three drugs into a single pill. Your provider at Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC walks you through your options to recommend the appropriate HIV treatment for you. 

If your HIV treatment isn't working as well as it should, your provider at Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC may change your prescription to find the ideal combination of medications for you.

If you’ve been diagnosed with HIV or you think you’ve been exposed to the virus, call Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC or book a consultation online now.