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Word on the Street: Advice on Adhering to HIV Treatment

June 14, 2012


Nelson Vergel

Nelson Vergel, Houston, Texas; Diagnosed in 1986

  1. Before you start, take a once or twice a day vitamin if you have never taken meds before. This will get you used to the schedule.
  2. Get an alarm watch.
  3. Get a pill box so that you don't have to open bottles every day.
  4. If you take Atripla, remember to take it on an empty stomach. Placing it next to your toothbrush will help you remember to take it before bed (at least 2 hours after dinner).
  5. Set phone alerts through phone apps like BugMe or Google Calendar.
  6. Sign up for's Personal Reminder Service at to get text messages when it's time for meds, doctor's appointments, refills, etc.
  7. Make sure your pharmacist can call you to remind you of refill time.

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