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HIV/AIDS Glossary

Maintenance Therapy

Synonym(s): Chronic Maintenance Therapy, Secondary Prophylaxis

Ongoing use of or addition of a drug(s) or other treatment to help a primary treatment succeed or to prevent a reoccurrence of a prior, successfully controlled disease or infection. For example, lifelong maintenance therapy with antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) can prevent HIV infection from advancing to AIDS. 

Related Term(s): Primary Prophylaxis

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