Combination therapy comprised of various antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV, a type of retrovirus, ARTs reduce the amount of virus within a patient’s blood and body fluids to suppress the HIV virus and stop disease progression.
Today, a 20-year-old with HIV can expect to live to the age of 70. Few diseases have seen similar progress, and it's somewhat astounding to see that in just over 30 years, HIV has gone from a death sentence to a chronic medical condition.
The evolution of HIV/AIDS treatment is nothing short of remarkable. In the 1980s, HIV/AIDS was an acute fatal disease. Today it is a chronic, manageable condition thanks to the commitment of biopharmaceutical researchers, health care workers and advocates.