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Why do I need HIV treatment?

So, two things you want to know about HIV treatment and why it’s so important.

One, it helps your immune system stay healthy.

You’re going to feel good, you’re not going to get sick, and HIV won’t be able to reproduce itself in your body. Second important reason is that it prevents the spread of HIV to your sexual partners. So not only are you looking out for your own health but you’re also looking out for the health of others as well.

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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