ARV in the Philippines
Antiretroviral treatment (ARV) does not really kill the virus but functions to extend the life of the patient. The combination of at least 3 HIV drugs in ARV treatment as recommended by the World Health Organization only halts the progress of the disease, not completely eradicating it. In addition, ARV in the Philippines reduces transmission and prevents the condition from progressing to AIDS.
This leads to HIV patients being able to lead more normal lives. The condition thus becomes more manageable. ARV in the Philippines holds a lot of promise in increasing survivorship against this silent but deadly epidemic.
The growing gap between treated patients and positive cases is drawn clearly on the charts of the AIDS Data Hub for Asia and Pacific. To address this need and widening gap, the Department of Health likewise added the list of treatment centers for HIV for easy reference for people who want to be treated. This way, there are more locations that cater to the needs of the HIV positive. It also provides a place for AIDS treatment in hospitals all over the country.
The Law is on the Side of HIV Patients
The current and most popular mode of battling this disease is through ARV in the Philippines. Recently, a law was passed in the country called the “Philippine AIDS and HIV Policy Act of 2018” (Republic Act No. 11166). In it, ARV treatment was defined. In addition to defining ARV as an HIV-suppressing treatment option, the law also outlined some sanctions for discriminatory behavior. These include discrimination against HIV positive patients, bullying behavior against HIV positive patients, burial service rights, travel restrictions, and many others.
Prevention is better than cure. But when treatment is necessitated, healthy living habits complement the existing protocol for HIV treatment in the Philippines. The Canadian resource for HIV called CATIE has some tips on healthy living and includes a side effect management plan for those undergoing ARV treatment. HIV is by no means a death sentence. It perhaps may even be a window for wellness if the illness is managed well through drugs and ARV in the Philippines.
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