HIV treatment in Amsterdam

HIV is not curable, but can be well treated. With successful treatment with medication you have a good life expectancy.

The HIV treatment centre in Amsterdam is therefore focussed on an HIV treatment that fits into daily life. There are possible treatment choices with HIV inhibitors. We will consult to decide which combinations will be best for you. During the personal consultations, we will look further than just HIV. Our internists and nurses are widely trained on the various mental and physical aspects of ageing healthy.

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Tailored HIV treatment

What and why

The treatment of HIV has improved enormously in recent years in all aspects. The HIV inhibitors only have to be taken once or twice a day and have fewer side effects than previously. With the current HIV treatment, treating physicians are trying to achieve the fastest possible reduction of the viral load, the number of virus particles in the blood. The goal is to get the viral load so low that it can no longer be detected. Not detectable means that HIV no longer makes you sick, is not transferrable and that the immune system has a chance to become stronger.

At the HIV treatment centre

The HIV treatment centre in Amsterdam strives for tailored treatment. There are plenty of choices of medicinal combinations. To create a tailored treatment, we look at the results of physical examinations, the history and experience with medications and the psychological and social aspects of your life. Based on this information, our team can advise you of the best treatment. We make the decision together with the patient. Thanks to the partnership with the AUMC you can also take part in academic studies that fit in with your treatment.

More information

https://www.HIVvereniging.nl/HIV-zorg/HIV-remmers
Overview of studies

Health checks

What and why

As soon as the virus is no longer detectable in your blood, semi-annual health checks are necessary to measure the blood values. This monitors whether the viral load remains undetectable or if something in the treatment must change.

At the HIV treatment centre

The regular health checks are with your set internist or nurse. The HIV treatment centre has its own lab to take blood, which resides in the same location in Amsterdam. During the health checks we are not only looking at the results from the lab and the treatment, but also at other aspects of your health.

The HIV medication and other medication can be picked up at your own pharmacy or at the DC pharmacy in the clinic in Amsterdam. During the consultation we’d like to go through the medications you use regularly. These are the medications you get from us, but also the medicines you get from other doctors and the medicines/substances you buy yourself. All of these substances could have an influence (so-called “interactions”) on each other, resulting in serious side effects or symptoms, an effect that is too strong or even less effect of the HIV treatment.

What can you do to use medications safely or get medications prescribed safely:

  • At each visit to the pharmacist, ask for a new “Current Medication Overview” (CMO) to share with us during your follow-up visit.
  • Ask your own pharmacist to share your medications via the safe and reliable National Switching Point (NSP) with other healthcare providers. This can prevent many of these problems. Ask your pharmacist for an explanation and the folder on this subject.
  • We are happy to give you advice about medicines, ask your doctor or nurse.

More information

https://mantotman.nl/nl/alles-over-mannenseks/HIV-en-soas/HIV/behandeling-van-HIV/ondetecteerbaar-viral-load

Aging with HIV

What and why

Getting older in a healthy way with HIV also means dealing with the extra risks associated with the virus. From research we are involved in it appears that HIV can make the risk of certain (age-related) conditions greater, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, kidney disease and diseases of the brain. Self-management and prevention are therefore extremely important: what can someone do other than treatment of the HIV to limit the risks. Consider quitting smoking, getting plenty of activity, drinking less alcohol and a healthy diet.

At the HIV treatment centre

We are open to anything you want to talk about regarding your health. Where possible, we can advise you, motivate you and help you in setting realistic goals. If necessary, we will refer you to other specialists in our extensive network. We can also work together with you general practitioner or other treating physicians if that is good for you. One of our team members gives the workshop from the HIV association on living with HIV: “Living Positively”. We can provide you with information about this.

More information

https://www.HIVvereniging.nl/ontmoeten/workshopreeks
https://ageHIV.nl/