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Seven Considerations When Starting HIV Medications

October 23, 2015


6. Become Proactive

6. Become Proactive

Steve, a client of mine, arrived for his therapy session one day and announced that he had begun taking HIV meds two weeks earlier without any problems. When asked what medications he was taking, Steve responded that he had no idea -- he just took what the doctor told him to take. Successfully living with HIV requires becoming proactive regarding one's own health care. Relationships with providers should be collaborative and the medical decision-making process should be interactive. It is important to have an understanding of all medications you are taking, their potential side effects and any drug-drug interactions (including with recreational drugs). Don't be passive about decisions that affect your health.

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