Tips for Taking Your HIV-1 Medicines
Why sticking to your treatment plan matters.
You and your healthcare provider will decide which
HIV-1 medicines you should take. You need to know exactly how much of each HIV-1 medicine to take, as well as when and how to take it. The goal is to keep the right amount of each medicine in your body at all times. This can help your viral load stay low and your CD4 cell count stay high. Skipping doses gives the virus a chance to get worse or even change form.
When that happens, your medicines might not be
able to control the new form of HIV.
There are many reasons why people may not take their HIV-1 medicines as directed, but one of the most
common is just plain forgetfulness. Luckily, there are
simple steps you can take to help avoid this problem.
These tips can help you remember to take your
medicines and stay on track with your HIV-1 treatment plan:
- Set a watch or cell phone alarm to go off
when it is time to take your HIV-1 medicines.
- Buy a pillbox. Use it to organize your HIV-1
medicines once a week/month and stay on
track every day.
- Try to make taking your medicines part of
your daily routine. It helps if you take your
HIV-1 medicines at the same time you do
something else, such as eating a meal or
getting ready for bed.
- You may want to create a daily or weekly
medicine schedule. It could help to include
pictures of your medicines so you know
exactly what you’re supposed to take. You
can do this on the computer or by hand. Just
be sure to make copies.
- Never hesitate to call your healthcare
provider or pharmacist if you are running
low on your HIV medicine. Always make sure
you have enough of what you need!
No matter what method you use, it’s very important
that you take all of your medicines exactly as your
healthcare provider has prescribed. Living with HIV means not letting it take control of your life. Staying on track with your HIV-1 treatment plan is the