Word on the Street: Advice on Adhering to HIV Treatment
June 14, 2012
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!
Comment by: regtan
Fri., Feb. 7, 2014 at 3:47 pm EST
Taking your medications daily requires discipline in oneself. It is more of your determination to adhere on a strict regime to seek a better quality of life in the distance future. Love to treasure your life ! Not waste it !
Comment by: Robert
Thu., Oct. 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm EDT
I take my HIV medication at bedtime that way I do not feel the side effect, I take Truvada and Viramune Xr, I only wish I could find a good doctor that would help me with my chronic complication with sinus congestion&post Nasal drip into my throat that coures sinus infection which I have to take 5 to 8 time each year antibiotic,just to feel ok, can someone help me with this problem
Comment by: Ms Sheila Ann
Fri., Aug. 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm EDT
I have missed my meds twice so far,on different day's. when I miss do I take them again with my meds for that day. Or do I leave them alone.
Comment by: Rick
Wed., Jun. 20, 2012 at 8:12 pm EDT
Thanks for ur comments, but i find that the biggest problem to adherence to hiv meds, are the side effects. Thats what i find hard to deal with, for instance Truvada is great except that makes my stomach to bloat and gives me some bone pain, too. Then i take Norvir and Reyataz, and these make me dizzy or clumsy. Best of luck to u.
Comment by: Philip
Wed., Jun. 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm EDT
I've never missed my medication because I take them every morning immediately after feeding my cats. They have to be fed, I have to take my meds. It is a win for them and myself.
Comment by: John
Mon., Oct. 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm EDT
I can seem to remember to take them no matter what. Even if I sit them out. I'm A.D.D. I take medication for that and forget. I think it may be from my body blocks them out and affects my add. I have many side effects and make me really sick.
Comment by: Lin-I
Tue., Feb. 19, 2013 at 11:18 pm EST You can try some Chinese herb supplement. They do not kill any virus, just improving your immune system and no side effect. There are some HIV postive turn to negative cases happened in China. They took Chinese herb only.
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