How to avoid HIV while giving care

Recently, while I was at a seminar, a professional caregiver who works for the VA asked me if I had any caregiving tips for avoiding contracting the dreaded HIV virus.

I did not have anything to say that was new at the time.  However, his question stuck with me, so I did some research.

These are my findings:

1)  It seems that after years of an either/or dichotomy of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention vs HIV treatment, we are in a transformative time in the field of HIV prevention, care, and treatment.

2)  There is a growing recognition that the early as possible initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) is beneficial for most people. After years of promising observational and ecologic data, there is definitive evidence that ART prevents sexual transmission.

3)  Stated simply, treatment is prevention. What is most beneficial for the HIV-infected individual — prompt ART initiation and durable virologic suppression — is also beneficial for HIV prevention at the general population. Prompt initiation of treatment is a win-win  for everybody.


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