HIV Treatment Guidelines
August 22, 2014
After starting HIV treatment, you may need to make some changes in your regimen. The DHHS panel of experts suggests that the primary focus when changing or switching drug regimens should be the maintenance of viral suppression without reducing future treatment options.
Reasons for switching or changing your HIV drug regimen include:
Drug resistance tests can tell if your virus is resistant to any HIV medications. This will help you and your health care provider choose the most effective drugs for you to take. The following are the US DHHS guidelines' recommendations on when to have a drug resistance test:
There is much more information in the guidelines, including other possible drug regimens, what drugs not to take, and what types of resistance tests to use. There is also a lot of information on other aspects of HIV care and treatment, including adherence, drug side effects and interactions, special considerations for people with liver or kidney problems, salvage therapy (treatment for people who have used and are resistant to many HIV drugs), and treatment when you have HIV and either tuberculosis, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C. For HIV+ women, the guidelines contain important information on pregnancy and women-specific treatment issues.
The guidelines are a set of recommendations to help you and your health care provider understand your treatment choices. They are based on the most up-to-date information from studies and clinical trials. But, remember, they are only general suggestions. It is okay for you to choose therapies for your specific situation. Use the guidelines as a resource to help you make well-informed treatment decisions that are right for you.
This article was provided by The Well Project. Visit The Well Project's Web site to learn more about their resources and initiatives for women living with HIV. The Well Project shares its content with TheBody.com to ensure all people have access to the highest quality treatment information available. The Well Project receives no advertising revenue from TheBody.com or the advertisers on this site. No advertiser on this site has any editorial input into The Well Project's content.
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