Here are some questions to consider when choosing a drug combination. You may not know all the answers, so you might want to look at this list with your doctor.
To help answer some of these questions, here is a table that lists some factors that might affect your treatment options. (Again, don't hesitate to discuss these with your doctor.)
|I am pregnant or thinking of having a baby.|
|My LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels are high.|
|I have diabetes.|
|I have other risk factors for heart disease (other people in my family have had heart disease, I am overweight, or I have high blood pressure).|
|I have chronic hepatitis B, hepatitis C or other liver problems.|
|My kidneys are not working as well as they should.|
|I suffer from depression, anxiety or other mental health issues.|
|I have a drug dependence or I am taking methadone.|
Managing Your Health -- a guide for people living with HIV
Practical Guides for People Living with HIV -- CATIE's practical guide series contains extensive information about a holistic approach to treating HIV. See:
In-depth Fact Sheets on antiretroviral drugs and supplements
Federal, Provincial and Territorial Drug Access Programs -- information about drug coverage and benefit programs in Canada can be accessed on CATIE's website at www.catie.ca/eng/Publications/drugaccess/drugaccessIndex.shtml.
The Positive Side -- health and wellness magazine for people living with HIV, with articles such as:
Look in the e-zine index for more (www.positiveside.ca).
These and many other relevant resources can be accessed on CATIE's website (www.catie.ca) or by calling CATIE at 1-800-263-1638. Other websites with reliable information on HIV treatment: