Taking antiretroviral drugs for
HIV will not cure your infection. But it may allow you
to stay healthy for a long time. And treatment can help prevent spreading the infection to other people.
Your willingness and ability to
follow your antiretroviral therapy schedule exactly as prescribed is essential
for successful treatment of your HIV infection. Not following your prescribed
HIV therapy may cause treatment failures, such as:
Drug resistance. The virus that causes HIV can become resistant to
antiretroviral drugs used to treat the infection.
viral loads. This measures how much HIV is present in your blood.
- Disease progression.
In the past a person had to take many pills several times a
day, which was hard for some people. But over the past few years, this
routine has become much simpler, and people take their medicine only once or
twice a day. With the right knowledge and tools, you can successfully take your
medicine as prescribed.
If you are at high risk for getting infected with HIV, you also may take antiretroviral medicine to help protect yourself from HIV infection.1 But to keep your risk low, you still need to practice safer sex even while you are taking the medicine.
How can you take your antiretroviral therapy drugs as prescribed?