HIV Basics: AdherenceWhat it Means: Taking your HIV meds as directed.Why it Matters: Because you can become resistant to HIV drugs.What to Aim For: 95% accuracyAsk Your Doctor: To spell out the rules, like taking food with pills, what time to take them and when to refill. Also, let them know if you’re scared of side effects or don’t think you’ll be able to keep up. It’s better to be honest than mess this part up, seriously.

HIV Basics: Adherence

What it Means: Taking your HIV meds as directed.
Why it Matters: Because you can become resistant to HIV drugs.
What to Aim For: 95% accuracy
Ask Your Doctor: To spell out the rules, like taking food with pills, what time to take them and when to refill. Also, let them know if you’re scared of side effects or don’t think you’ll be able to keep up. It’s better to be honest than mess this part up, seriously.

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Many skip their HIV meds when they drink. Here’s why this is a mistake.
In the ongoing struggle to improve adherence to HIV medications, alcohol has long been an obvious crux standing in the way of progress. Brian Risley, manager of the treatment education program at AIDS Project Los Angeles, says some of the common refrains he hears from his HIV-positive clients are, “They got drunk, they forgot to take their meds; they went home with somebody and they didn’t bring any meds with them.” Now cutting-edge research has teased out a new component of booze’s detrimental effects on health outcomes: the fact that many people with HIV skip their meds on purpose when they are drinking because they falsely believe that antiretrovirals (ARVs) and alcohol are a toxic mix. 
Read more: http://www.poz.com/articles/Skipping_Meds_401_23220.shtml

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Many skip their HIV meds when they drink. Here’s why this is a mistake.

In the ongoing struggle to improve adherence to HIV medications, alcohol has long been an obvious crux standing in the way of progress. Brian Risley, manager of the treatment education program at AIDS Project Los Angeles, says some of the common refrains he hears from his HIV-positive clients are, “They got drunk, they forgot to take their meds; they went home with somebody and they didn’t bring any meds with them.”

Now cutting-edge research has teased out a new component of booze’s detrimental effects on health outcomes: the fact that many people with HIV skip their meds on purpose when they are drinking because they falsely believe that antiretrovirals (ARVs) and alcohol are a toxic mix. 

Read more: http://www.poz.com/articles/Skipping_Meds_401_23220.shtml