HIV/AIDS is a modern pandemic. The infection may have begun from the dark continent, but ever since it has engulfed the entire human civilisation like it was here to stay. There have been awareness programmes worldwide, but HIV/AIDS has been tough to shake from its dominant position. The medical world has been turning its focus towards HIV/AIDS treatment steadily now. It is very important to start treatment at the earliest for numerous reasons.
If you’ve been diagnosed with HIV, it’s important to start treatment right away even if you feel healthy now. Starting early start with your medication can help keep your immune system healthier and reduce the risk for serious health problems later on.
Physicians track the impact of HIV on your immune system by measuring what’s called your white blood cells count, that fight infection, which are also the cells that the virus destroys. As your immune system weakens and your white blood cell or CD4 cell count drops, you approach an AIDS diagnosis.
The daily onslaught of virus replication causes the immune system to work overtime to suppress it. This wears out your immune system and contributes to systemic inflammation, putting you at risk of other health problems. There is no reason to delay your treatment.
You’ll retain normal health for longer
Your CD4 count goes up once you start anti-retroviral therapy, according to the trial results. Findings have shown that starting treatment early resulted in the development of fewer serious AIDS-related and non-AIDS-related health problems. If you wait, you will likely have more problems. This is a virus that preys upon your inability to take care of yourself if you consider the immunity situation of your body.
You’ll lower your risk for certain HIV-related cancers
People with HIV are at an increased risk of certain kinds of cancers like malignant lymphoma and Kaposi sarcoma. The study found that people with this STD who started treatment with antiretroviral therapy earlier rather than later reduced their risk for Kaposi’s sarcoma.
You’ll lower your chances of developing certain infections
People with HIV have a weakened immune system, and certain opportunistic infections, like thrush, take advantage of that. There are 20 different types of opportunistic infections, and if you develop one along with HIV, that means you’ve transitioned to an AIDS diagnosis. Anti-retroviral therapy can raise your CD4 count to help protect against these opportunistic infections.
You can reduce the odds of transmitting HIV
When medication suppresses your viral count, you’re not as likely to transmit HIV to others. Over an average of two years, the study followed more than 1,100 couples, where only one partner had the virus, and the couples did not use condoms. Findings show that the HIV-positive participants with suppressed viral loads did not transmit the virus to their partner. Treatment is prevention, but this doesn’t mean you should stop using condoms. Without protection, other STDs like Gonorrhoea, Syphilis will start getting transmitted.
You’ll get access to other services
Once you’ve started HIV treatment, your clinic can also help you get connected to other services you may need, including social services, addiction recovery, and mental health assistance. Talk to your medical team about any difficulties in your life that are making it hard to start or stick with your treatment.