HIV Treatment Guidelines
After starting HIV treatment, you may need to make some changes in your regimen. Reasons for this include:
Drug resistance tests can tell if your virus is resistant to any HIV medications. This will help you and your health care provider choose the most effective drugs for you to take. The following are the guidelines' recommendations on when to have a drug resistance test:
There is much more information in the guidelines, including other possible drug regimens, what drugs not to take, and what types of resistance tests to use. There is also a wealth of information on other aspects of HIV care and treatment, including adherence, drug side effects and interactions, special considerations for people with liver or kidney problems, treatment when you have HIV and either tuberculosis or HBV, and salvage therapy (treatment for people who have used and are resistant to many HIV drugs). For HIV+ women, the guidelines contain important information on pregnancy and women-specific treatment issues.
The guidelines are a set of recommendations to help you and your health care provider understand your treatment choices. They are based on the most up-to-date information from studies and clinical trials. But, remember, they are only general suggestions. It is okay for you to choose therapies for your specific situation. Use the guidelines as a resource to help you make well-informed treatment decisions that are right for you.
This article was provided by The Well Project. Visit The Well Project's Web site to learn more about their resources and initiatives for women living with HIV. The Well Project shares its content with TheBody.com to ensure all people have access to the highest quality treatment information available. The Well Project receives no advertising revenue from TheBody.com or the advertisers on this site. No advertiser on this site has any editorial input into The Well Project's content.
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