Side effects, resistance and adherence

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Today's HIV treatment regimens are much simpler, more effective and kinder than they used to be. However, some people still encounter side effects particularly at the beginning. Some of these may be serious but most pass and others can be managed.

With the number of treatment options available, it's not necessary for anyone to have to put up with unecessary side effects for a prolonged period.That's why it's important to tell your doctor as soon as possible.  

Adhering to your daily pill-taking routine is also important. Fail to take your pills regularly and you risk building resistance to the treatment you are on.

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