Missing your HIV meds for an extended period of time?
Mar 22, 2008
When a person doesn't take their meds due to insurance reasons, relocation etc. What are the ramifications regarding Hiv to Aids?What are the signs to look for?
Response from Dr. Henry
Stopping HIV medications can lead to the development or drug resistance for some regimens (particularly for regimens containing efavirenz or nevirapine) that would lead to subsequent treatment failure if the same meds were used later. Stopping effective HIV medications may increase the risk for AIDS and other HIV-related health problems such as heart disease or cancer which is why continuous treatment is usually the best option. In some cases treatment is stopped so connecting to a good HIV provider as soon as possible after stopping meds is important to minimize the risk (many patients will do OK if meds must be stopped but preferable to continue meds). KH
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