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HIV Care

HIV Testing

HIV testing is an important step in identifying HIV infections and starting treatment. HIV tests detect antibodies or antigens produced by the body in response to an HIV infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should be tested at least once as part of routine health care, and those who have a high risk for HIV, such as people who have multiple sexual partners or inject drugs, should be tested more frequently.It’s important to be aware that HIV tests only detect antibodies or antigens for the virus. Therefore, there is a window period, between the time of infection and when the test can detect it, that may vary from person to person. Therefore, it’s important to get retested after a potential exposure if a test taken during the window period is negative. LifeLine Health can help you if you believe you were exposed to HIV.

HIV Treatment

At LifeLine Health, we are committed to stopping the spread of HIV with modern treatment plans to those in need. 

Treatment for HIV, known as antiretroviral therapy (ART), can suppress the virus and allow people living with HIV to lead long, healthy lives. ART works by inhibiting the replication of the virus, which allows the immune system to repair itself and maintain a healthy immune response. The goal of treatment is to achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load, which greatly reduces the risk of transmitting HIV to others. 

ART is typically a combination of drugs, taken as a single daily pill, known as a “cocktail” or “regimen.” The specific combination of drugs prescribed will depend on an individual’s viral load, CD4 count, and other factors. It’s important to start ART as soon as possible after being diagnosed with HIV, even if symptoms are not yet present. Early initiation of ART can prevent HIV-related illnesses and also reduces the risk of transmitting HIV to others. 

ART is a lifelong treatment, and it’s important to take the medication as prescribed and to attend regular follow-up appointments with a healthcare provider to monitor treatment response and manage any side effects. Adherence to the regimen is key to achieve optimal results. It’s also important to keep in mind that ART may not completely cure HIV, but it can control the virus to undetectable levels, prevent HIV-related illnesses, and promote a long and healthy life.

Listen To What Our Patients Say…

Cristina Anderson

I am thankful to the nice people at Lifeline Health. I was so scared when I found out I had been exposed. They guided me and made me feel so at ease. I have not had an issues and I know it's because I went to Lifeline Health first.

Juan Bustamonte

Thankfully there are places like Lifeline Health to get tested. This place is lowering the risk for our community by educating us and providing the resources to stay healthy. They are making positive changes in the community.

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