Taking medicine every day is a big step. But taking a big step now may help you live a longer, healthier life.
HIV causes damage inside your body. But HIV medicines can help reduce the damage. That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor about starting HIV treatment right away. There’s no cure for HIV, but treatment can help you live a longer, healthier life.
A scientific study found people who started treatment right away had a lower chance of developing AIDS, tuberculosis, or certain cancers compared to those who waited. Find out more here.
You, yes you, can help prevent the spread of HIV. It’s all possible when you start and stick to treatment.
Adherence means taking HIV medicine every day as directed. HIV treatment adherence helps make sure there's always enough medicine in your body to treat the virus.
If you’ve never taken medicine before it can seem like a big deal. But a lot of people take medicine every day to stay healthy. And taking HIV medicine every day can help keep you healthy, too.
That’s why it is so important to talk to your doctor. And to tell them about anything that keeps you from taking medicine as prescribed.
If you don’t have a doctor, or need to find a new one, here’s where you can find HIV care services and support in your area.
HIV medicines have improved since they were first developed. They are now more effective and easier to take. Many treatments are between one and three pills a day. And there are fewer and less severe side effects compared to the first highly effective HIV treatments.
Inside there are usually 3 medicines at work. And treating HIV with 3 medicines has been recommended over the last 20 years. Watch the video to find out why.
In that case, you already have some experience with adherence. That's good. Talk to your doctor about all the medicines you take. And know that many HIV medicines can be taken safely with other medicines, including hormone therapy. But, make sure you talk to your doctor about any possible drug interactions with HIV medicines. Because different medicines may affect how your HIV medicine works. And different HIV medicines may affect how other drugs work.
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