Get set for HIV treatment

This tool will help you decide whether you are ready to start taking HIV treatment.
  • Answer a series of short questions
    You will be asked a series of questions about your health and your feelings about starting treatment. You can answer all the questions, or you can skip any questions you don't know the answer to.
    There are 20 questions and it should take about five minutes to complete. You won't be asked for your name.
  • Print, email or save a PDF of your personalised report
    Once you have finished answering the questions, the tool produces a personalised report for you, which you can print, save as a PDF or send as an email. We won’t store your email address.
  • Find out more about starting HIV treatment
    Depending on your answers, the personalised factsheet may explain why you should think about starting to take HIV treatment. It will also highlight any issues or concerns that could affect your readiness to start treatment or to take it regularly. The factsheet will make suggestions about what to do next and provide links to more detailed information. We’d recommend discussing the points raised in your factsheet with your healthcare team.

Start by answering the following short questions

What was your most recent CD4 cell count?

How old are you?

What is your gender?

Are you pregnant or hoping to become pregnant soon?

Were you infected with HIV less than six months ago?

Do you have hepatitis B?

Do you have hepatitis C?

Are you frequently unwell?

"I am concerned about the possibility that I will pass on HIV to a sexual partner."

Do you agree with this statement?

"I feel that I know enough about HIV and HIV treatment to make a decision about starting treatment."

Do you agree with this statement?

"I know where to go to get more help and information about HIV treatment."

Do you agree with this statement?

"I have someone I can talk to about having HIV."

Do you agree with this statement?

"I believe that HIV treatment will improve my health."

Do you agree with this statement?

"I will be able to take medication every day, at the same time and as prescribed."

Do you agree with this statement?

When thinking about starting treatment, do you worry about any of these things?

Tick as many statements as you wish.

In the next few months, which of the following are the highest priority areas in your life?

Please choose the three that are most important to you.

Is there anything going on in your life that might make it hard to take your anti-HIV drugs regularly?

Tick as many statements as you wish.

Would you be able to take time out of your routine in the first few weeks after starting treatment?

Starting treatment may involve some changes to your life and routines. During the first few weeks you may have some side-effects, you may need to get used to taking pills every day and you might have some extra clinic appointments.

So, to sum up, how ready do you feel to start HIV treatment?

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