Windy City Health Partners
Family Practice & Osteopaths located in Roscoe Village, Chicago, IL
As their practice in Roscoe Village, Dr. Kupkowski and Dr Merok offer HIV management services and state-of-the-art treatment options to help men and women manage their infection and slow its progression, so they can enjoy optimal health and wellness.
HIV Management Q&A
What causes HIV infection?
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus, the virus that causes AIDS) can be transmitted through sexual contact or other exchange of bodily fluids, including using a needle contaminated with the virus. The virus can also be transmitted from an infected mother to her unborn child during pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
What is involved in HIV management?
HIV management involves long-term use of multiple medications taken under often complex dosing schedules which can involve multiple doses of medications taken throughout the day. HIV treatment is often referred to as antiretroviral therapy, or ART. Today's HIV medications can help slow the progression of the disease dramatically, allowing many people infected with the virus to lead normal, healthy lives for many years after being diagnosed with HIV. ART typically involves two of more or the following types (classes)of medications:
- Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs), which help prevent the HIV virus from replicating
- Nucleoside or nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs), which interfere with the proteins the virus needs to replicate
- Protease inhibitors (Pis), which also work to disable proteins necessary for viral replication
- Entry (fusion) inhibitors, which prevent the virus from entering specific cells of the body
- Integrase inhibitors, which work by disabling a protein that helps the virus “take over” certain cells in the body
Combining different classes of drugs is important since each class attacks the virus in different ways. In addition to taking medication, you'll need to have blood tests on a regular basis to monitor the progression of the infection and adjust your therapy as needed.
If I'm infected with HIV, does that mean I have AIDS?
No, HIV can exist in your body for years before it causes AIDS, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV is simply the virus that causes the disease to eventually develop after HIV has caused significant permanent damage to your body's immune system so it can no longer fight off even mild infections.
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