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  • Why taking your HIV treatment properly is so important

    The currently available anti-HIV drugs cannot cure HIV. However, treatment with a combination of these drugs (usually three) can reduce the amount of HIV in your blood (your...

    From: Booklets

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  • What does taking your HIV treatment involve?

    Taking your drugs as prescribed is often called ‘adherence’. Adherence to your HIV treatment means: Taking all the medicines that make up your...

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  • Factors that can affect adherence

    Medicines from the three main classes of anti-HIV drugs (nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors or NRTIs; non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors or NNRTIs; and protease inhibitors) are available in forms...

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  • Taking your HIV treatment

    This booklet is a starting point for anyone who wants to know about treatment for HIV. It provides basic information about how HIV treatment works...

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  • Taking your treatment – adherence

    Taking your treatment properly is key to its success. More information and help on this can be found here....

    From: Living with HIV

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  • Adherence

    Adherence is the term that is used to describe taking your medicines properly. You'll get the most benefit from your medicines if you take them properly. Taking your HIV...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Adherence tips

    You need to take your HIV treatment properly for it to work. The word used for taking your treatment properly is adherence. A common reason why...

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  • Late drug doses

    For HIV treatment to work, you need to take it properly. This means: Taking all your doses. Taking your doses at the right time. Making sure that you...

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    Information level Level 2
  • Drug resistance

    It's important to always take your HIV treatment at the right times and in the right amounts. If you don't, HIV may become drug resistant.When...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • An HIV treatment journey

    This illustrated leaflet shows the journey a lot of people go on with HIV treatment. It involves the decision to start treatment, problems with side...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Taking drugs on time

    For HIV treatment to work well, you need to always take your pills at the right time, without missing any doses.Taking anti-HIV drugs regularly will...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Adherence

    Information on adherence to anti-HIV drugs, including advice on how patients can maintain adherence to their therapy and how healthcare providers can help....

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4
  • Your treatment

    This booklet gives a basic, but comprehensive introduction to HIV treatment....

    From: 'Your' booklets series

    Information level Level 1

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  • Three Approaches to Beating the AIDS Epidemic in South Africa

    South Africa’s AIDS epidemic is at its worst in high-risk subgroups like gay men, prostitutes, truckers, prisoners, miners and patients who don’t take their drugs regularly. To have any hope of beating the epidemic, it must focus on such groups, experts say. Many pilot projects to do that have been started with aid from the United States government program called Pepfar. Here are some of them.

    26 August 2014 | New York Times
  • Non-adherence to medication threatens Cambodia’s zero AIDS deaths target

    The Cambodian Government has committed to reaching zero AIDS-related deaths by 2020. But the number of deaths among people who are living with HIV continues to rise, despite the fact that antiretroviral treatment is more widely available. One reason for this is because some people living with HIV are missing follow-up hospital appointments and failing to adhere to antiretroviral treatment.

    07 August 2014 | Key Correspondents
  • Switch from single-tablet regimen to 3 tablets works in Denmark

    Switching from an efavirenz-containing single-tablet regimen (STR) to an efavirenz containing triple-tablet regimen (TTR) to save money maintained viral suppression in Denmark. Antiretroviral-naive people who started the TTR attained the same virologic suppression rate as people who started the STR combination.

    10 July 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • ‘Appalling service’ provided by Healthcare at Home leaves patients without drugs

    Thousands of NHS patients, some seriously ill, have not received vital medicines on time because of problems at the company contracted to deliver the drugs to these patients in their own homes. The failures in the service offered by Healthcare at Home have been described by patient groups as ‘appalling’ and ‘unsafe’, and have left patients with live-threatening conditions frightened about their ability to get hold of their drugs.

    03 June 2014 | Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Mystery around drug adherence still plagues medical literature

    The randomized controlled trial, or RCT, represents the gold standard of interventional studies of new drugs. But how reliable are the results when it remains unknown whether subjects in the trial actually took their medicines at all? A 2007 analysis found that only 33% of 192 papers describing RCTs of oral therapies for six chronic diseases disclosed adherence results.

    13 May 2014 | Nature Medicine
  • ARVs a Bitter Pill to Swallow for Ugandan Children

    For many of the 35,500 children in Uganda on HIV treatment, daily ARVs are too much of a bitter pill to swallow, especially if they don’t understand why they need them - Uganda’s policy is not to reveal their HIV status to children until they reach 13 years of age.

    08 May 2014 | Inter Press Service
  • Long-acting HIV drugs advanced to overcome adherence challenge

    If it proves effective, long-acting antiretroviral therapy would set up a new paradigm of monthly or quarterly injectable therapy for some patients. Long-acting drug formulations could solve one of the thorniest problems in HIV management - adherence.

    08 April 2014 | Nature Medicine
  • United Healthcare To Allow HIV/AIDS Patients to "Opt-Out" of Mail-Order Prescriptions

    United Healthcare, the United States' largest health insurer, will allow patients with HIV or AIDS who have privacy or delivery concerns, or who have difficulty discussing their HIV medications over the phone, to obtain their medications from an in-network retail pharmacy rather than by mail order.

    01 April 2014 | Consumer Watchdog
  • A Patient’s Race Affects How HIV Docs Discuss Adherence

    HIV providers alter their communication methods based on the race of their patients and are more likely to discuss adherence with minorities than with whites.

    06 February 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • US: Racial gap exists when docs talk to patients about HIV meds

    Conversations between doctors and patients about taking HIV medication as prescribed may differ depending on the patient’s race or ethnicity, research shows. Providers talked more with minority patients than with whites about adherence and tended to give directives rather than engage in problem solving.

    29 January 2014 | Futurity
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