Since the first patients were infected with HIV, the medical community’s knowledge of the disease has improved considerably. Where initially there was no treatment for HIV, there is now an effective treatment known as antiretroviral therapy (ART) that is comprised of a combination of medicines—known as an HIV treatment regimen—which are to be taken on a daily basis.
The immune system’s CD4 cells’ purpose is to fight infection. HIV attacks these cells, making it difficult for the body to respond to infections and some HIV-related cancers, thereby compromising the immune system. ART is designed to introduce medicines that disrupt HIV’s ability to make copies of itself, reducing the amount of HIV present in the body.
Because each patient has different characteristics and needs, the HIV regimen will vary from person to person. Our HIV CME courses incorporate continuing medical education resources to ensure that our students are up to date with the latest advances in HIV treatments. Sign up for an HIV CE course today.