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Reasons Why People Skip Their Meds

6 Reasons Why People Skip Their HIV Meds

We all know it’s important to take HIV medications every day, but let’s face it: It’s not always the easiest thing to do. Here are six key obstacles that can block the way between you and your meds – and tips on how to get past them.


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Connection to HIV Care Helps Hardly Reached U.S. Populations Suppress the Virus

A recent study found that efforts focused on bringing LGBTQ people of color back into HIV care can be very successful in major cities such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, and Boston.

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Personal Stories

I Moved Back to Atlanta from Boston, and I've Been Out of HIV Meds for a Month

HIV care is separate and unequal in America, health activist Mason writes, as "the system of care here feels no urgency around my survival."

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Personal Stories

I Moved to Atlanta Four Months Ago, and Getting Into HIV Care Was Hell

Spoken word artist Michael "Miss Mikey" Lamb shares his saga of fighting for health coverage -- and why people fall through the cracks.

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HIV Treatment Adherence

Treatment adherence includes starting HIV treatment, keeping all medical appointments, and taking HIV medicines every day as prescribed. For people with HIV, treatment adherence is key to staying healthy.

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Taking Your HIV Medication Every Day

Get answers to questions about why you should take your HIV medications daily, what to do if you miss a dose, and whether you have to keep taking HIV meds once your viral load is undetectable.

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Taking Genvoya with milk instead of food

I take Genvoya in the morning. Is it ok to take Genvoya wth a glass of whole milk instead of food? Thanks.

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Follow up to Please help me decide if I should switch my combination therapy

Hi Dr. Thank you for answering my question. To answer your questions: When I started meds in 2008 I was on Truvada+Viramune and had about 2 changes after that to to other combos due to side effects and was off HAART before starting Tivicay and Descov...

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I am starting a FDC of dolutegravir, 3TC and TDF. I was told to take it in the money. Should i eat something before taking? I surely have my supper at 7pm.

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Genvoya or Biktarvy

I have been positive since 2002. I have been on various regimens over time and my numbers have been good and even improved over time, but have had changes due to side effects. I am currently on Stribild and have osteopenia. My doctor would like me t...

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HIV Medicines and Side Effects

Key PointsHIV medicines help people with HIV live longer, healthier lives. Sometimes HIV medicines can also cause side effects. Most side effects from HIV medicines are manageable, but a few can be serious.Overall, the benefits of HIV medicines far o...