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Read Our TextThere is currently no cure for HIV infection, but there are many drugs to treat it.
Highly-active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), since the mid-1990s, has been very effective in slowing the progression of the virus. HAART can help people living with HIV decrease their viral load, increase their CD4 count, and live a longer and healthier life. There are currently 30 U.S. government-approved medications to fight HIV, with many more in development. (Read more about these medications from AIDSinfoNet.)
There is no consensus on the best time to start HAART. People with HIV should work closely with their doctor to determine the best time to begin treatment. (Read more about starting treatment from The Body. Read the Federal HIV Treatment Guidelines about when to start HAART and what to start with.)
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For help finding treatment for HIV/AIDS, see the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services webpage Find HIV/AIDS Care.