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Hiv Medication Adherence

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Journal Watch

With HIV Medication Adherence, It's Not a Competition

There has been an irresistable urge for people -- doctors, public health officers, politicians, journalists, the usual pundits -- to compare adherence to HIV treatment in resource-rich vs. resource-limited setting. I suspect this is because the... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Methamphetamine Use, Sexual Activity, Patient-Provider Communication, and Medication Adherence Among HIV-Infected Patients in Care, San Francisco, 2004-2006

"While numerous studies examine methamphetamine use and associated risky sexual behaviors in HIV-uninfected individuals, few studies have surveyed HIV-infected individuals in the health care setting," the authors wrote. To assess the frequency and... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Changes in Stress, Substance Use and Medication Beliefs Are Associated With Changes in Adherence to HIV Antiretroviral Therapy

The most commonly cited barriers to HIV treatment adherence include stress, substance use' and medication beliefs. In the current study, researchers used longitudinal techniques to examine the temporal relationship between these barriers and regimen... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Exactly what level of adherence to HIV medications is required to maintain virological control?

Dear Dr. Young:This is a question that has always intrigued me, ever since I started on an effective antiretroviral treatment combination in 1997. Back then we were warned that even missing a single dose of our medications could spell disaster i.e....
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi Wayne and thanks for posting from Canada.Perfection might be a goal, but rarely achieved. You're adherence is exemplary- 99% is excellent and not associated with any decline in viral suppression. I would not be concerned about a 1% missed... Read more »

not adherent on the first month but adherent during 5 months

Dear Fr Young,Its me again, Wilmer from Nicaragua, as you remember I started my treatment with cd... 80 viral load 202000 on december 8th 2011 they gave efavirez and combivir... i started having problems with my nervous system and they changed...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello again Wilmer. It's very nice to hear back from you so soon. While it's never ideal to miss too many doses of your medications, the fact that your HIV viral load has dropped so dramatically on the new regimen is at the least... Read more »

HIV/HSV2 treatment adherence

If near-perfect adherence to HIV meds is essential to minimizing chances for drug resistance, are there any additional concerns in HIV/HSV2 coinfection? Do herpes antivirals present similar concerns of resistance or treatment failure when adherence...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your interesting question.First, fortunately HSV (herpes) resistance to acyclovir medications is uncommon-- far less of an issue than HIV drug resistance. It seems that the major factor isn't adherence per se, but the... Read more »

Please help. I need a Hiv Regimen I can adhere too

Hello,I have been Hiv positive for 10yrs now and I am still having an hard time sticking with a regimen, the reason being is because I afraid of facial wasting. my 1st regimen was, Combivir and viracept which i now have drug resistance to Viracept,...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
You do not say if you have resistance to all the medications you mentionedIsentress plus Truvada is very user friendly, with no increases in cholesterol, diarrhea and lipoatrophy (facial wasting). But talk to your doctor about your genotype test to... Read more »
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Adherence to medication survey

Posted by Anonymous
Hello forum,
Thank you for the support of our study on quality of life with HIV. We had many thoughts on medication and found few answers to give regarding reserach so we are working at understanding why people take (or don't take) medications (e.g.... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous
We have developed an adherence device that is helping many people living with HIV. by reminding them each and every time when and how to take their medication. Imagine never again forgeting to take your meds regardless of the complexity of the... Read more »

HIV Medications

Posted by BoyDave, 3 Replies
Does anyone have to pay (cash) for their HIV medications? If so I need some advice. I'm taking Truvada, Reyataz & Norvir. Read more »

Medication affecting HIV test

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Where can I find out information about medication affecting results of HIV test? I was on antifungal when I took my test & worried about false negative.

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