HIV – Treatment
The primary goal of antiviral therapy is to prevent the immune system from becoming depressed. However some individuals are already seeking treatment when their immune system has been depressed for some time. It is also possible that some patients reach a point of immune suppression because their body has become resistant to the antiviral medications. There are several drugs that can be used for antiviral purposes and it is most important that each option is tried in order to prevent the immune system of the one suffering for further deterioration.
There are a number of specific antibiotics that can be used to treat the patient and prevent further complications from opportunistic infections. Patients can use conventional medical treatments along with alternative health treatments to help their body with the healing process. There are several options available for treatments. It is important to try different therapies in order to determine which will provide the best results in the patient.
Medical treatments for those who are suffering with AIDS
Sometimes these drugs are taken on a daily basis and at other times they are taken less frequently. A series of medicines may be used in order to reach the best results in terms of the recovery of the CD4 cells of the immune system. These are the cells in the immune system that are responsible for fighting off infections. The goal of these drugs is to help the immune system to fight off infections and rid the body of current infections that it may have. It is important that the patient is monitored very closely to determine the status of their immune system. A large number of the drugs can be stopped from being used on the body, if the body is recovering well. Stem cell transplantation and immune-modulatory agents have been used to help patients. There has been much controversy on whether or not these treatments are actually cures or whether or not the virus has hidden elsewhere in the body. The brain is known to be one such viral reservoir.
Alternative Therapies can help patients to feel better
There are also alternative therapies that help people who are suffering with AIDS to feel better and achieve a higher level of health. Many patients who have tried these therapies in conjunction with their conventional medical protocol have reported feeling better. Some of the most common forms of therapies used are acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and homeopathy. Acupuncture is known to strengthen the immune system, it can help the body to restore proper energetic balance. Homeopathy also works on an energetic level to help the body to heal itself. Herbs can be useful to treat health conditions and ailments in the AIDS sufferer, however it is important to ensure that there are not negative interactions between herbs and medications.