Taking your HIV treatment

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03 Jun 2014

Please follow this link to a flip book version of 'Taking your HIV treatment'.  

This resource has been developed by NAM, an HIV advocacy organisation in the UK. The booklet is a starting point for anyone who wants to know about treatment for HIV. It provides basic information about how HIV treatment works, what taking it involves and how to manage it in your life.

With modern HIV treatment, people with HIV can live a long and healthy life. You’ll get the most benefit from your treatment if you take each dose at the right time, in the right way (often described as ‘adherence’). If you don’t adhere to your HIV treatment, your HIV may become resistant to the drugs you are taking and possibly to other, similar drugs.

This booklet explains what adherence means, explains what might happen if you don’t take your treatment, and provides some advice to help you take it. It also briefly covers topics such as side-effects, drug interactions, why people sometimes need to change their HIV treatment and what this involves. 

This booklet is not intended to replace discussion with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. But it should provide you with a better understanding of taking HIV treatment and can be a starting point for discussions about the issues covered here.  Although written for a UK audience the issues are common to many people living with HIV the world over.