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10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Begin HIV Treatment



6. Why this regimen?

When it comes to choosing your first regimen, you have a choice: You can either let your doctor choose your regimen for you, or you can be involved in the decision. As the person who has to go home and take the medications day in and day out, the second option is preferable.

Given that there are a number of very good regimens available to people who are new to HIV treatment, it makes good sense to ask your doctor: "Why this combination, and not that one?" or "What do you see as my best two options, which one do you prefer and why?" Also, if you have any specific concerns at all, like "I want to get pregnant" or "I do not want any disruption of my sleep," bring them to the table and plop them down for your doctor to consider.

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