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PATIENT EDUCATION

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From Patient Education to Patient Empowerment

The US Department of Health and Human Services Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents recommends antiretroviral therary (ART) for all HIV-infected patients to achieve viral suppression, restore and preserve immunologic function, prevent HIV transmission, reduce the incidence of and rate of death associated with HIV infection, and prolong the duration and quality of life. During the initiation of ART, the Guidelines stress the importance of educating HIV-positive patients about the benefits of effective ART and strict adherence to their treatment regimen.

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Reference:
Guidelines for the use of antiretroviral agents in HIV-1-Infected adults and adolescents. AIDSinfo website. https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/guidelines/html/1/adult-and-adolescent-arv-guidelines/10/initation-of-antiretroviral-therapy. Published July 14, 2016. Accessed March 16, 2017.

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