HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks the body's immune system, making it more vulnerable to infections. If HIV does too much damage to someone's immune system, then that person is said to have AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).
Patients with HIV/AIDS have a difficult time fighting off infections, and may develop general symptoms like fever, rash or sore throat. A blood test is needed to find out if a patient has HIV/AIDS or not.
HIV is spread through bodily fluids like blood, semen, or breast milk. HIV is usually spread through infected needles or sex. It cannot be spread through casual contact like hugging or kissing.
Currently there is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments that can suppress the disease and help people live longer, healthier lives. Below are some of the specialty medications carried by Pharmacare that are used to treat HIV/AIDS. Other medications are available as well.
Below are links to other websites with additional information about HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS support groups. If you have any questions about your therapy, please call 808-840-5600.
Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/index.html
Accessed January 12, 2016