Talk About HIV-1 Treatment

How to start the conversation.

Having an honest, open conversation with your healthcare provider is the first step toward finding an HIV-1 treatment that may be right for you. This discussion guide will give you a basic set of questions to ask.

Check the boxes below to
customize which questions
you would like to discuss with
your healthcare provider at
your next appointment.

ABOUT HIV TREATMENT

What is the difference between having
HIV and having AIDS?

How often should I get my numbers
checked?

Will taking HIV medicine cure me?

Can I still give HIV to others even after
starting on medication?

When I am undetectable*, can I still give HIV to others?

How do I know if it's time to change my HIV medication?

STARTING HIV TREATMENT

When should I start treatment?

How will my HIV medicine interact with
the other medicines I am
currently
taking?

How will I know that the HIV medicine
is working?

Are there HIV medicines that can help
me become undetectable*?

What happens if I accidentally miss a
dose?

SIDE EFFECTS

How will HIV medication affect my
body?

Will starting on HIV medicine make me
sicker?

What is the likelihood that I will have
side effects?

When could I start experiencing side
effects after starting HIV treatment?

What can I do about side effects?

LIVING WITH HIV

Are there HIV medicines without
any specific dietary restrictions?

What can I do to start my HIV therapy
on the right track?

What can I do to stay healthy?

*When HIV cannot be detected by standard tests. For most tests used clinically today, this means fewer than 50 copies of HIV per milliliter of blood.