Taking your treatment – adherence

Michael Carter

Taking your HIV medication properly (the technical term for this is adherence) is the single most important thing you can do to make sure your HIV treatment works properly.

Taking your HIV treatment properly involves the following elements:

  • Taking all the drugs that make up your HIV treatment regimen.
  • Taking the right number of pills.
  • Taking your drugs the correct number of times each day.
  • Taking your drugs at the right time (taking your medicines too late, or too early can be as bad as missing doses completely).
  • Taking your drugs with or without food according to instructions.
  • Making sure that your drugs don’t interact with other medicines prescribed to you, or bought over the counter. Herbal remedies and recreational drugs can also interact with anti-HIV medication.
This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.