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Word on the Street: Advice on Adhering to HIV Treatment

June 14, 2012


Ben Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Ben Young, M.D., Ph.D, Executive Medical Director, Rocky Mountain CARES, Boulder, Colo.

People sometimes worry about hitting the bull's-eye every time, every dose. It's not necessary with today's medications. (We get this question a lot in my "Ask the Experts" forum.) What is essential is to find the easiest, or most reliable, part of the day (or night) and stick with it (give or take a few hours). Try a pillbox, or clock reminder. Some folks use their email or text messages to help. Link taking your medication to a routine, daily activity: brushing teeth, checking email, going to the bathroom, eating, etc.

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