Taking antiretroviral medicines for HIV may allow you to stay healthy for a long time.
Successful treatment of your HIV infection depends on following a strict schedule for taking medicine. Not taking medicine when you are supposed to can lead to problems such as drug resistance and higher viral loads, and the disease may get worse.
In the past, schedules for taking medicine for HIV were very complicated. Taking many pills several times each day was difficult. But the routine has become much more simple, and you may only have to take medicine one or two times each day.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems with your medicine.
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Current as of: November 18, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease
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