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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

    Information level Level 2
  • 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...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • 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...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • 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...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • 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

    Information level Level 2
  • 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

    Information level Level 2
  • 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...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • 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...

    From: Factsheets

    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

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  • Four Skills You Need to Successfully Manage Your HIV

    Chronic illnesses can impact anyone, the secret is to manage yours. And to do that you need some specific skills. The people who are the most successful at managing their disease often do so by thinking of their illness as a journey or a hike down a path.

    24 January 2016 | Huffington Post Canada
  • IV and Injectable HIV Treatments Are Much Discussed -- But Won't Be Here Anytime Soon

    Given the success of currently available oral therapies -- in which essentially 100% of people who take it are virologically suppressed -- why do so many people say they want injectable shots instead?

    21 January 2016 | TheBody Pro
  • Antiretroviral Drugs Fail to Consistently Reach Patients in Countries Most Affected By HIV/Aids

    MSF today warned that life-saving antiretroviral medicines (ARVs) are routinely not making their way to patients in sub-Saharan Africa - most often despite sufficient stocks already being present in countries - and called for urgent improvements in ARV supply chains in the region.

    30 November 2015 | MSF press release
  • Can’t Swallow a Pill? There’s Help for That

    “Age doesn’t really impact your ability to swallow a pill,” said Dr. Kathleen Bradford, a professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “A teenager can have just as many problems as a 5-year-old. It likely has to do with anxiety and the negative associations with swallowing a pill.”

    22 September 2015 | New York Times
  • The Silent Struggle of HIV Treatment Adherence

    Long-acting antiretroviral medications has the potential to help many people with HIV who face adherence barriers to better health. But that does not mean that it will be a panacea for all adherence issues.

    28 August 2015 | The Body
  • Namibia: Kids Eat ARVs Discarded By HIV Patients

    Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs that are randomly discarded are becoming a regular occurrence in the informal settlements and a cause for concern, because small children pick the pills up and chew on them. Community activist Anna Mooya believes people on treatment are throwing away their drugs, because they do not have enough food to eat. "Some complain of hunger, that their faces swell up [when they take the medication], they feel dizzy and sometimes get stressed out. They do face a lot of challenges," she said.

    19 August 2015 | AllAfrica.com
  • African-Americans most likely to stop taking meds in Medicare Part D's coverage gap

    Medicare Part D provides help to beneficiaries struggling with the cost of prescriptions drugs, but the plan's coverage gap hits some populations harder than others, particularly African-Americans age 65 and older. Reaching, or even approaching, the gap affects access to medication and influences whether those medications are taken as prescribed.

    17 August 2015 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Africa: MSF Warns Successful Global HIV Response Will Require Bigger Emphasis On Adherence

    New MSF report surveying lay counsellor policies across eight countries highlights major weaknesses for adherence support

    22 July 2015 | AllAfrica
  • Meet the Khayelitsha compliers club

    Communities are bringing HIV monitoring and dispensing out of the clinics and into their homes.

    06 July 2015 | Mail & Guardian
  • Adherence All-Stars

    Diane Peters meets a group of PHAs with “chaotic lifestyles” and finds out how, despite major obstacles, they adhere to their meds.

    06 July 2015 | CATIE
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