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Tell your doctor right away about how your medicine affects you, but don’t stop taking it -- that can give HIV a chance to get stronger. Your doctor will work with you to manage your side effects, and to see if the drugs cause other issues, like blood sugar and cholesterol problems.

If you have health insurance, your insurer may pay for your treatment. If they don’t, or you don’t have health insurance, you can get coverage through a government program like Medicaid. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies can’t refuse to cover you because you have HIV or AIDS.

For more information on HIV treatment, visit the CDC’s web site or call your state’s HIV/AIDS hotline.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on February 26, 2015
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