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Types of HIV Treatments

There are many different medications approved by the US government to treat HIV, and there are many more in development. HIV medications are grouped into different "classes", and each class fights HIV a little differently and has diverse risks and benefits.

HIV medications fall into 5 major types or classes:
  • Reverse transcriptase inhibitors
  • Protease inhibitors
  • Fusion/entry inhibitors
  • Integrase inhibitors
  • Multidrug combination products
All 5 classes of medications disrupt the ability of HIV to reproduce inside your body. And each class of medication stops the virus at different points in its reproductive cycle.

For more information on HIV treatment, please check out the links below:
http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/HIVAIDS/Understanding/Treatment/Pages/default.aspx
http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov