We have made tremendous progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In the United States, anti-retroviral therapy (ART) does more than improve quality of life; it allows recipients living with HIV to have a life expectancy nearing that of uninfected individuals.

Preventing HIV

"HIV nurses are critical to getting the word out about this incredible turn of events in HIV treatment and prevention."

Research has shown that effective treatment for HIV positive people does double duty, keeping them healthy and reducing the chance they will infect someone else by up to 96 percent. Research has also shown that the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) by HIV-negative people at risk for HIV prevents them from getting HIV by up to 92 percent. With just one pill, once daily, PrEP is proven to prevent HIV infection for those who are at risk!

We have the tools to achieve the truly remarkable: turning a once fatal disease into a manageable chronic condition with negligible risk for transmission. These proactive approaches give us hope that we will see an end to the epidemic through prevention and treatment.

Agents of awareness

HIV nurses are critical to getting the word out about this incredible turn of events in HIV treatment and prevention. Nurses will continue to help people get into and stay in HIV care and support them in HIV treatment.

Now we have a new job: helping people understand how to protect themselves better from HIV. Ask a nurse today!