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How important is early treatment for HIV?

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The earlier you get treatment, the better chance you have of being able to stay well. If your test is positive, talk with your health care provider about your treatment options and what you need to do to live a long, healthy life.

From: HIV/AIDS and Teens FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

SAMHSA: "Tips for Teens: The Truth About HIV/AIDS."

AIDS Healthcare Foundation: "Learn About It."

National HIV and STD Testing Resources: "Frequently asked Questions."

AVERT: "AIDS, Sex and Teens."

FDA web site.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 05, 2017

SOURCES:

SAMHSA: "Tips for Teens: The Truth About HIV/AIDS."

AIDS Healthcare Foundation: "Learn About It."

National HIV and STD Testing Resources: "Frequently asked Questions."

AVERT: "AIDS, Sex and Teens."

FDA web site.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 05, 2017

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