Understanding HIV and AIDS

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus

HIV is a virus that attacks the human immune system. There is no cure for HIV. Unlike some other viruses, HIV cannot be cleared from the body but with treatment, people with HIV can suppress their virus and increase healthy CD4 T cells.

HIV targets CD4 T cells

The HIV virus attacks and destroys CD4 T cells—important immune system cells that help your body fight infections. The more CD4 T cells that are destroyed, the weaker your immune system can become. With fewer CD4 T cells due to HIV, it can be harder for your body to fight illnesses and infections that can be a consequence of a weakened immune system.

HIV is different from AIDS

Being HIV positive is not the same as having AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). HIV is a virus that kills CD4 T cells in the body. Over time, if so many CD4 T cells are killed that the body has a reduced ability to fight infection, HIV can advance to AIDS. HIV infection advances to AIDS when there are less than 200 CD4 T cells per millileter of blood. If this happens, it means your immune system has become very weak, and you can quickly become very sick.

HIV is passed through certain body fluids

HIV is transmitted through contact with certain body fluids, such as semen, vaginal or anal fluid, breast milk, and blood. Contact with these body fluids can occur during unprotected sex or when sharing needles or other items with body fluids on them. Mothers can pass the HIV virus to their babies during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. You CANNOT transmit HIV through contact with sweat, tears, saliva, bath or pool water, or by sharing dishes or drinking glasses, hugging, or shaking hands.

If you are HIV-positive, you can help protect your health

HIV does not have a cure, but if you are living with HIV you can help protect your health by taking HIV medicines. HIV treatment helps lower your viral load and, as a result, helps protect your immune system.

Ask your healthcare provider about other things you can do to help stay healthy, including:

  • avoiding sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • using protection every time you have sex
  • never sharing or reusing needles
  • getting help with substance abuse, stress or depression
  • exercising and eating well
  • stopping smoking, which can be more harmful to people living with HIV

Talk to your healthcare provider about
questions you may have about HIV-1 and AIDS.



IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

What is the most important information I should know about STRIBILD?

STRIBILD can cause serious side effects:

  • Build-up of an acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include feeling very weak or tired, unusual (not normal) muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain with nausea or vomiting, feeling cold especially in your arms and legs, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Serious liver problems. The liver may become large (hepatomegaly) and fatty (steatosis). Symptoms of liver problems include your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice), dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored bowel movements (stools), loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach pain
  • You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking STRIBILD for a long time. In some cases, these serious conditions have led to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of these conditions
  • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you also have HBV and stop taking STRIBILD, your hepatitis may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking STRIBILD without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health. STRIBILD is not approved for the treatment of HBV

What is STRIBILD?

STRIBILD® is a prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 in adults who have never taken HIV-1 medicines before. STRIBILD can also replace current HIV-1 medicines for some adults who have an undetectable viral load (less than 50 copies/mL of virus in their blood) and whose healthcare provider determines that they meet certain other requirements. STRIBILD combines 4 medicines into 1 pill to be taken once a day with food. STRIBILD is a complete single tablet regimen and should not be used with other HIV-1 medicines.

STRIBILD does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. To control HIV-1 infection and decrease HIV-related illnesses you must keep taking STRIBILD. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to reduce the risk of passing HIV-1 to others. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them.

The information in this section is intended for residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older.

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