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How does HIV treatment work?

The HIV treatment works on two ways. It both kills the virus and then also stops what existing virus is there from damaging the cells and reproducing.

So, the quicker you get a jump on that battle and those HIV medications that we use will actually slow up the virus so that your immune system doesn’t have to be fighting all the time.

If your immune system isn’t fighting all the time that way your body can just function like it’s supposed to and you can live the life you were meant to lead.

Dr. David Malebranche, MD, MPH, a clinician-researcher specializing in HIV, gives the lowdown on all things HIV care and treatment in the latest installment of the #AskTheHIVDoc video series.


#AskTheHIVDoc is a video series from Greater Than HIV featuring top HIV doctors providing answers to commonly-asked questions about HIV prevention, testing and treatment.

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