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Once You've Started

Part of A Practical Guide to HIV Drug Treatment for People Living With HIV


In this part of the guide we talk about some of the things to keep track of to make sure your treatment is working -- and what you may need to do if it isn't.

  • Once you've started
  • treatment, you and your doctor will monitor your viral load to make sure your treatent is working.
  • Together, you will also watch for side effects and toxicities. These might cause noticeable symptoms, such as a severe rash or flu-like symptoms, or may only show up in your blood tests. We cover these issues in How to Tell if Your Treatment Is Working.
  • Making Your Treatment Work Long-Term explains why taking your medications as prescribed and watching out for drug interactions are important for ensuring that your treatment continues to work.
  • Changing Treatment explores the two most common reasons for changing a drug combination: either it stops working and HIV becomes active again or you just can't live with the side effects or some other aspect of the treatment.

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10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Begin HIV Treatment

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This article was provided by Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange. Visit CATIE's Web site to find out more about their activities, publications and services.

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