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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Treatment Information
IU Health Infectious Diseases physicians offer comprehensive treatment options for all stages of HIV and AIDS, including:
- HIV testing. All IU Health hospitals have HIV testing available. These tests use a small blood sample to detect the presence of the antibodies that are trying to fight off the virus. Some locations offer results before you leave the testing facility, while others will have your results ready within 48 hours.
- Clinical trials. While being treated by IU Health Infectious Diseases physicians you will have access to clinical trials and the latest research for all stages of HIV/AIDS. These trials are providing new hope for slowing the progression of the illness and helping patients live longer, healthier lives.
- Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). Because HIV gets worse as the virus multiplies and kills your immune cells, it is essential to stop the processes the virus uses to spread. NNRTIs are pills that block the protein the virus needs to copy itself.
- Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). HIV needs certain proteins to duplicate. NRTIs are oral medications that replace these proteins with faulty versions so the virus cannot replicate. When the virus does not replicate, it will not kill your immune cells, keeping your immune system stronger for a longer period of time.
- Protease inhibitors. Protease inhibitors block protease, a protein the virus needs to make copies of itself, so that it cannot grow and multiply. Like all other medications for HIV, these pills may only work for a certain period of time and may cause harmful side effects such as arrhythmia, anemia, headaches and fatigue. Our physicians will work with you to update medications as necessary.
- Entry or fusion inhibitors. This class of oral medications blocks HIV from entering your immune cells. Outside of your immune cells, HIV cannot multiply or harm your immune system, slowing the progression of the disease. All medications for HIV, including entry inhibitors, may cause severe side effects such as anemia, headaches, nausea and vomiting. We will work with you to manage these side effects and find medications that work for you.
- Integrase inhibitors. Integrase is a protein the virus uses to inject its DNA into your cells. When it cannot put DNA into your cells, it cannot make copies of itself and will not kill your immune cells.
- Coordinated care. We offer coordinated care for HIV patients to help you navigate the healthcare system and get emotional and financial support. We will refer you to support groups, counselors, financial resources and other expert physicians to mange all aspects of your health.
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Support Services
Keep up on the latest news about HIV and find the support you need at the reputable websites below.
A Sampling of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Support Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This website hosts information on research, prevention and treatment of HIV.
This website provides the latest news on HIV/AIDS and links to federal resources dedicated to helping patients with HIV and HIV researchers.
Indiana State Department of Health
This state government website offers information on medical, financial and legal support for patients with HIV.
StepUp provides outreach, education and care coordination for patients with HIV, assisting you with all needs that affect your health such as having health insurance, eating well and getting to and from appointments.