The human immunodeficiency virus, also known as HIV /HI virus, is a viral disease of the immune system. An untreated HIV infection usually leads to AIDS after a latency phase of varying length, usually several years without symptoms. Therefore, early diagnosis and therapy is very important for those affected.

Shortly after an HIV infection, flu-like symptoms such as fever, exhaustion, night sweats or swelling of the lymph nodes can occur. These usually disappear again after a short time. Afterwards, there is usually a long phase without symptoms that can last for many years. During this time, however, HIV damages the body and the immune system undetected. Without therapy, the immune system is eventually so weakened that life-threatening diseases with opportunistic pathogens, which are ubiquitous in the environment, can occur. The outbreak of certain opportunistic diseases, such as Kaposi’s sarcoma, is referred to as AIDS.

Thanks to the development of increasingly better tolerated and easier to take medicines, it is now possible to live well for a long time with an HIV infection and to prevent AIDS. However, this requires in particular good control by the patient, as many drugs have to be taken at the same time every day and should not be skipped, as otherwise resistance to these drugs can develop. An HIV-experienced treatment provider regularly checks blood values with regard to liver and kidney function, as well as the HIV viral load and the CD4 cell count in the blood.

Other diseases that may occur more frequently in the course of the disease, such as diabetes and lipometabolic disorders, can be detected and treated promptly by the experienced practitioner.

HIV therapy is also called antiretroviral therapy (ART). It suppresses the multiplication of the viruses in the body. During treatment, several active substances are always combined with each other, which act at different points of HIV reproduction. This is called combination therapy. This method serves to increase the effect and reduce the danger of resistance forming. Some HIV drugs prevent the virus from entering the cells. Others prevent it from taking over in the cell or releasing new viruses as an infected cell.

Contact us if you have concerns about HIV infection, are worried or are looking for a new treatment provider if you already have a known infection. Our team has many years of experience in HIV therapy, regularly undergoes further training on this topic and has a good network with other HIV treatment providers. We look forward to getting to know you!

Of course, we treat all diseases discreetly and in accordance with the latest data protection guidelines.