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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/

My friend is infected but any any symptoms seen

Hi, thanks for your question. People who have acquired HIV do not always experience symptoms. The only way to know whether you are HIV positive for sure is by getting an HIV test. If your friend is HIV positive, we would strongly recommend that they visit a doctor if they have not already. HIV treatment is very effective at preventing the progression of HIV and those who are on treatment can lead long and healthy lives. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Can alcohol badly effect on hiv + person who take medicine for last 15yr?? And viral load <50..

Hi, thanks for your question. Some HIV medications can affect your tolerance to alcohol. However, there effectiveness is not generally affected by consuming alcohol. Nevertheless, it’s best to discuss potential drug interactions with the doctor who prescribed the medication to you. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

May I ask where can I buy medicine “complera” in Sydney. And how much? Thank you.

Hi, thanks for your question. In terms of questions regarding specific medications, it’s always best to discuss these with your doctor or pharmacist. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

hello, what drugs can you take to reach undetectable viral load

Hi, thanks for your question. The medications used to achieve an undetectable viral load (UVL) are called antiretrovirals. There are many different types of antiretrovirals, and these are often used in combination to treat HIV and achieve a UVL. Because there are many different types there is no one answer to your question, however people living with HIV work with their doctor to get the right antiretroviral medications for them. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

My mom is 34 years old and my father is 40 years old, recently they tested for HIV and it is found positive and the treatment has started...... Will they be fine? How many years they will live??Please say me

Hi, thanks for your question. HIV treatments are very effective these days and most people living with HIV who are on treatment are able to live long, happy and fulfilled lives. There is lots of misinformation on the internet, so if you are anxious or concerned about their health or wellbeing, it’s best to speak to a trusted doctor, nurse or sexual health counselor who can give you accurate information and provide support. Doing your own research can sometimes be helpful, however because of all the misinformation that is out there, often doing this can cause more anxiety or stress. Speaking with professionals and/or talking with your parents directly about any fears you might have is always best. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!

I don’t take medication for my virus plus I’m a IV cocaine user. I’m slowly feeling worse

Hi, thanks for your question. Because you’re writing to us here at Ending HIV, I’m assuming that the virus you’re talking about is HIV. Please let us know if this is not the case. If you have been diagnosed with HIV, not on medication, and starting to feel worse than usual we would definitely encourage you to discuss your situation with a doctor. Because HIV attacks the immune system, the severity and length of time that you may experience illnesses can be affected by HIV. While getting on treatment for HIV can be daunting, the medications that are available today are extremely effective and well tolerated. Being on treatment means that your immune system will be strong enough to fight off common infections. Another benefit of getting on treatment is that you most likely will be able to supress the virus so that you will not be able to pass HIV onto your partners. This is achieved through medication, and is what we call an undetectable viral load. The vast majority of people living with HIV in Australia are undetectable. You can find out more about this here: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/about-undetectable/. In terms of your cocaine use, there are many places where you can get support if needed. Pivot Point is one great online resource for guidance, tips, advice, and where to get help for yourself if that is what you are looking for. The website is https://pivotpoint.org.au/. HIV is a really manageable condition and people living with it are able to lead healthy, happy, normal lives. Getting on treatment is the best way for you to start feeling better. If based in NSW you can call the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624 to find your nearest sexual health clinic.