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How long should an HIV patient be on ART and why?

Answer

Once a patient starts on ART, the medications must be taken for life near 100% adherence. ARVs only suppress the virus, but do not destroy it. Therefore, the drugs need to be taken all the time to continuously suppress the virus since it will always be in the body.

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