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Choosing the Best Combination for Me
Part of A Practical Guide to HIV Drug Treatment for People Living With HIV


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.)

FactorYesNoNot Sure
I am pregnant or thinking of having a baby.   
My LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels are high.   
I smoke.   
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

The Positive Side -- health and wellness magazine for people living with HIV, with articles such as:

Look in the e-zine index for more (

These and many other relevant resources can be accessed on CATIE's website ( or by calling CATIE at 1-800-263-1638. Other websites with reliable information on HIV treatment:

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