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Adjusting to Life on HIV Treatment: Tips From Experts


Joel Gallant, M.D.

Joel Gallant, M.D.

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) isn't as hard as it used to be. Simple, once-daily combinations are now the norm, and we may soon have a number of single-tablet regimens available. Side effects and drug toxicity haven't disappeared completely, but they're no longer inevitable.

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Comment by: Rusty S (Sherman TX) Mon., Jul. 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm UTC
Even though you may achieve an undetectable viral load you could sleep with someone who is also HIV and contract a mutated virus that your drugs want effect. Just use protection and don't feel safe just because the person is HIV also. Perhaps after reviewing your history of HIV meds and if neither is on salvage drugs and your genotype of HIV match's it might be ok if you develope a relationship
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Comment by: Anonymous Fri., Sep. 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm UTC
why people so cheap when they have a disese they always want to share it
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Comment by: R.M.G. (Nigeria) Sat., Aug. 3, 2013 at 4:35 am UTC
I observed some signs of Hiv and I'm very worried to break the news. Now I am forced to get married. I don't know what to do.
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Comment by: Rita (fla.) Wed., Aug. 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm UTC
If she loves you it will just take an extra effort on her part, but no telling her is not an option. Shame, feeds this illness like gas to a fire. believe me I can relate. Good luck as see your doctor before anything else. Your local heath dept. has a free test that takes 15 min. you both should be checked. Good luck.

Comment by: loveofgod (nigeria) Wed., Jun. 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm UTC
i jst got diagnized wit cd4 of 421 not placed on med, wat type of food suppliments can l take to build my immune up apart from natural fruit?
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Comment by: Rita (Fl.) Wed., Aug. 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm UTC
Find a new doctor !!!! You should be on meds now.

Comment by: liz (tennessee) Thu., May. 16, 2013 at 11:40 am UTC
ive been positive for 20 n something yrs,n i cant get a graso on life,i get better then i think for what?....
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Comment by: Marie (toledo) Wed., May. 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm UTC
You get better because you haven't completed Gods' plan for your life. You have the opportunity to help so many people HIV positive or not. Don't waste time sulking you have survived over 20 years with this disease. Encourage, teach, help others, be a witness. You have HIV but don't make it just about you Get busy spread the word.
Praying for You.

Comment by: Christopher (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Thu., Sep. 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm UTC
Funny, I would have thought you would have include PLWHIV. Who's more of an expert at living with HIV treamtent than us???
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Comment by: Olivia (@ Thu., Sep. 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm UTC
Christopher! Glad you asked. You can check out

and specifically

And that's just to start. Lotsa different stuff in the Resource Center, from many perspectives. ;-)
Comment by: john (ftlauderdale) Tue., Sep. 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm UTC
reader, your post was exactly what I was hoping for.

Experience from the ones who have to execute it each and every day, who live it not just see it come across in the office.

Comment by: Katende (Kampala - Uganda) Mon., Aug. 22, 2011 at 11:26 pm UTC
Apart from socail and moral support from people around you, be awere that this your daily job. yuor arethe master of your life but it matters alot to us and your country . "Remember your daily dose". That day you missed can cause 100day admitted.
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