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Goals of HIV/AIDS Treatment

Currently there is no cure for HIV infection; however, there are treatment options that can help people living with HIV to live long lives. According to the CDC, there are government agencies conducting a variety of treatment-related activities, including:
  • HIV/AIDS clinical research and drug trials
  • Vaccine research
  • Development of treatment guidelines and best practices
  • Creating and implementing treatment-related prevention strategies that can help stop new infections
Since there is no cure, the treatment goals used when working with HIV/AIDS patients include the following:
  • Improve the patient's quality of life
  • Cease and reverse the progression of clinical disease by:
    • supression of the patient's HIV viral load and
    • restoration of immunologic responses and function
  • Decrease HIV-related morbidity and mortality
  • Prevent HIV transmission