HIV/AIDS

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.

Treatment

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.

  • Atripla
  • Complera
  • Epzicom
  • Stribild
  • Truvada
  • Viread

Other Resources

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.

AIDS Info

https://aidsinfo.nih.gov

AIDS.gov

https://www.aids.gov/

Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau

http://hab.hrsa.gov/index.hmtl

MAN Aidsmap

http://www.aidsmap.com/aboutus

The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource

http://www.thebody.com/

Project Inform

http://www.projectinform.org/

Refereneces

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/index.html

Accessed January 12, 2016

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