Antonio E. Urbina, M.D., Associate Medical Director, Center for Comprehensive Care, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City
The best tool to support adherence is extra encouragement and support, in particular from friends, partners and families. Lifelong adherence to HIV meds is tough but with trusted support in your life taking HIV meds can become more manageable. Ask friends, partners, or family members to give you a call and remind you to take your medications, help you fill your pill box, or cheer you on when you are having a bad day and just don't feel like taking your meds.
As we know, better adherence leads to less inflammation in the body and this, in turn, will not only prevent HIV from wearing down on the immune system but also protect the heart, brain and kidney from the damaging effects of HIV. And when you decrease inflammation, you greatly slow down the aging process -- looking younger and healthier!