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What can you do about side effects of antiretroviral therapy (ART) drugs for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

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If a side effect is bothersome, check with your pharmacist or doctor about whether or not you should take your medications on an empty stomach. Let your doctor know you're having trouble. He might prescribe something to help or change your treatment regimen to lessen the impact.

Don't stop taking your ART. That could give HIV a chance to get stronger and do more damage.

From: How Do You Treat HIV? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "HIV/AIDS: Testing," "National HIV and STD Testing Resources: Frequently Asked Questions," "Act Against AIDS: Cost of Treatment."

AIDS.gov: "Overview of HIV Treatments," "Side Effects," "Types of Lab Tests," "CD4 Count," "The Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS."

Avert: "HIV Testing," "Continuing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment."

Department of Health and Human Services: "HIV and Its Treatment: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on November 19, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "HIV/AIDS: Testing," "National HIV and STD Testing Resources: Frequently Asked Questions," "Act Against AIDS: Cost of Treatment."

AIDS.gov: "Overview of HIV Treatments," "Side Effects," "Types of Lab Tests," "CD4 Count," "The Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS."

Avert: "HIV Testing," "Continuing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment."

Department of Health and Human Services: "HIV and Its Treatment: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on November 19, 2018

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