Whether you are newly diagnosed with HIV or you have been living with HIV for some time and haven't yet started HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART), there are significant health benefits to starting HIV medication immediately.

People living with HIV (PLHIV) sustain damage from the HIV virus from the time it enters the body due to viral replication (copying or reproducing). The longer that HIV reproduces unchecked in the body, the more damage occurs.

The sooner this replication is controlled and reduced, the sooner the health of the PLHIV is restored and improved. Immediate treatment provides a number of benefits to the long term health outcome for PLHIV compared to delayed treatment.

ACON and Positive Life NSW have produced a comprehensive Evidence Brief to support people newly diagnosed with HIV, people living with HIV (PLHIV) and others who are engaged with our health to become familiar with the most up-to-date information about the benefits of immediate uptake (‘rapid initiation’) of antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Positive Life Treatment Officers

If you are HIV positive and want to discuss your treatment options, please call one of our registered nurses on (02) 9206-2177 or 1800 245 677 (freecall).


More Information about Immediate HIV Treatment

Evidence brief: Rapid inititation - models for the immediate uptake of HIV treatment

Benefits of Immediate Treatment

Resources for People living with HIV

Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Treatment (START) study

The World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Guideline on When to Start Antiretroviral Therapy and on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV