Jul 24, 2005
Hi I've been taking Sustiva, Tenofovir & Lamivudine for 4 months. VL is undetectable and CD4 is 450. I've taken my meds within a 10 minute window every evening for the ast four months, but tonight I missed my medication time by 1 hour & 45 minutes (because I was enthralled by a Dr Who DVD of all things!). I've taken my meds as soon as I've remembered but now I feel like I've put myself at an unnecessary risk by forgetting for almost two hours. My question is...have I risked my health by being forgetful?
Response from Dr. Sherer
Probably not - your record has been exceptional, and your regimen is one of the more 'forgiving', in that the half lives of two of the drugs in your blood are very long, eg 40 hours. A single delay of 1-2 hours over 4 months is not likely to lead to resistance.
Your story is important because it suggests that excellent adherence is partly a matter of establishing a very strong routine for taking your meds, and then sticking with it, even when there's an interesting DVD on to distract you. Other common distractions from good adherence routines include drugs and alcohol and 'major life disruptions of all kinds. Setting up good adherence habits can help to prevent these events from leading to drug interruptions.
How many doses of meds can I miss?
being faithful to my meds
- Sore Throat After Oral Sex With No Protection Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Swollen Glands After Oral Sex Worried I Have HIV
- White Tongue After Anal Sex Without Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Can You Get Genital Warts From Sharing Razors Or Drinks?
- Gonorrhea That Cause Numbness
- Vaginal Strep Symptoms
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.