New edition: Side-effects

Amelia Jones
Published: 17 October 2017

A new edition of our booklet Side-effects is now available online and in print through our patient information scheme. You can read it online at:

HIV treatment side-effects

All drugs, including those used to treat HIV, can cause unwanted side-effects.

Not everyone experiences side-effects though – many people who take anti-HIV drugs don't have any side-effects at all.

The anti-HIV drugs used today cause far fewer side-effects than those that were commonly used in the past, but if you do experience side-effects, something can usually be done about it. It’s important to tell your doctor about any symptoms that you are experiencing.

The Side-effects booklet

Side-effects provides information about the possible side-effects of HIV treatment and aims to help people understand, avoid and deal with any side-effects that they may experience.

The booklet includes sections on:

Side-effects has been updated to reflect current treatment guidelines issued by the British HIV Association (BHIVA) and currently available anti-HIV drugs.

NAM’s Patient Information Subscription Scheme

UK-based HIV and GUM clinics can order copies of Side-effects and all our other booklets, as well as leaflets in our series The basics, through our online portal as part of our patient information subscription.

To find out if your clinic is registered or for information on joining the scheme, please contact James at or call 020 7837 6988.

Thank you

Thanks to the people living with HIV and members of our medical review panel for their assistance in reviewing this booklet. In particular: Dr Tristan Barber, Consultant Physician, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital; Patrick Cash, Patient Champion (HIV/GUM), Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

We are also grateful to Janssen and Wandsworth Oasis for funding towards the production of this resource. Our funders have had no control over the design or content of the booklet.

Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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.

NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.