Hi, I am wondering if you support women with HIV, If not, can you help me find an org. that does?
Hi, thanks for your question. Organisations such as pozhet (https://pozhet.org.au/) and Positive Life NSW (https://www.positivelife.org.au/) are two organisations who might be better suiting to providing support for women living with HIV, where as ACON's support resources are more geared towards, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men who are living with HIV.
Can I still drink alcohol while on my arvs?
Hi, Thanks for your question. Alcohol won’t interfere with your antiretroviral medication. However, consistent heavy drinking can have an impact on a person’s immune system, their liver health or their adherence to medication. For more medical advice or support, we recommend getting in touch with your doctor or health professional.
Can it be cured if found early?
Hi, Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, there is no cure at the moment for HIV. However, advancements in treatment today have meant that people living with HIV can live long and healthy lives. People living with HIV who are on treatment can also reach an undetectable viral load, and if sustained, means that they cannot transmit HIV. You can read more about treatment and UVL here: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/all-about-treatment/
Can i drink alcohol during my treatment oh hiv, and taking art
Many people who are living with HIV enjoy consuming alcohol. That said, this is certainly something you should speak to with the doctor who is providing your treatment. HIV medication can have an impact on some people’s livers in which case consuming alcohol would likely be advised in small amounts or not at all. This of course is highly individualistic and something that only your doctor can give you concrete feedback on.
Hello. I've been diagnosed HIV positive 8 months ago, at that moment my viral load was more than 7 million copies/ml so I immediately started an ART (Truvada and Tivicay) and to make it short i share with you my VL results that I had until now:
Jul 2018: 7,7 million copies/ml
Aug 2018: 522 copies/ml
Nov 2018: 152 copies/ml
Jan 2019: 285 copies/ml (blip)
Feb 2019: 115 copies/ml
Apr 2019: 102 copies/ml
My question here is, why after 8 months of ART and good adherence to it I can't still reach an undetectable level (20-40 copies/ml)? Thanks in advance for your help.
Hi, congratulations on your progress in achieving a suppressed viral load. We understand that this process can be really difficult, but you are on the right track and doing really well. The reductions you have had is a huge achievement. The best thing to do would be to talk to your doctor as they will be able to give you really specific advice as it pertains to your situation.
Can a Hiv pos person with uvl be infected by a person who is/ may be hiv pos but not on treatment?
Hi, thank you for your question. If you have an undetectable viral load you should be protected by your antiretroviral medication from acquiring another strain of HIV. We would strongly recommend that you also have a chat with the medical professional that prescribes your antiretroviral medication, as they will be able to give you a more detailed response. Lastly, we would encourage your friend to start antiretroviral treatment as soon as possible. HIV treatment keeps your immune system healthy and reduces the risk of developing health conditions associated with HIV.
My partner and i have traveled to Indonesia from Darwin Australia., as we had to come to a funeral. My partner has just been diagnosed with HIV and has just started taking medication, but he did not bring enough with him. Can we get some more medication in Bali.
Hi, We are sorry to hear about your stressful experience overseas. Ending HIV is a platform funded to do work in NSW, so we don’t have the expertise to advise on obtaining treatment in Bali. I would recommend doing a Google search on HIV treatment or HIV organisations in your local area to start. Good luck!
Is there any treatment for HIV at early stages?
Hi, thank you for your question. It is recommended that if someone is diagnosed with HIV, that they should start antiretroviral therapy (HIV treatment) immediately, as this drastically decreases the long-term impacts of HIV on the immune system. In fact, if a medication regime is taking correctly, it can reduce the amount of HIV in blood to a level that is no longer detectable by tests. Not only does this undetectable viral load improve the health of a person living with HIV (it stops the virus from destroying the immune system) it also means there is no risk of HIV transmission. To learn more about why treatment should be started early, check out our page: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/
Do u have the drug that will cure virus
Hi, thank you for the question. Currently, there is no cure for HIV. The best treatment for HIV is known as antiretroviral therapy (HIV treatment), which involves a combination of antiretroviral drugs to suppress the HIV virus and stop the progression of HIV disease. When taken correctly, HIV treatment can reduce the amount of HIV in blood to a level that is no longer detectable by tests. Not only does this undetectable viral load improve the health of a person living with HIV (it stops the virus from destroying the immune system) it also means there is no risk of HIV transmission. This is not considered a cure because it requires a person with HIV to take medication daily in order to manage their HIV. To learn more about HIV treatment check out our page: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/all-about-treatment/