What does taking your treatment involve?
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.