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Remember to take your medication every day! If you forget to take your medication, missing doses can give the virus an opportunity to replicate and it can allow HIV to develop resistance to your current treatments. As a result the medication cannot work effectively to control HIV in your blood, brain and other organs of your body.

This may lead to a significant fall in your CD4 count – the good cells that help keeping your immune system strong.

If the number of CD4 cells gets very low, it increases the risk of a damaged immune systemand can lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) – unless you start treatment immediately.

 

Oct 2015 - Treatment as Prevention (TASP) Edition - Talkabout Online

Being proactive about your health puts you in control of your HIV.

Studies show that people who start treatment soon after their HIV diagnosis have better health outcomes. Today, you can begin treatment as soon as you receive a diagnosis of HIV.  It is recommended that people who are diagnosed with HIV, start treatment as soon as is practical and when you feel comfortable.

Your CD4 count and viral load will provide clinical markers to guide you and your doctor. If you're unhappy with advice you receive, seek a second opinion.

For more answers you can speak to your doctor, contact your local Sexual Health Clinic or call our Treatments Officer (02) 9206 2173.

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Take control of your medication and health by asking more questions of your doctor about your HIV and any side effects about your HIV medication. 

While many people do not experience side effects - some people can. These early side effects are usually just at the beginning of treatment. Always discuss your concerns with your doctor. Treatment related side effects can usually be well managed. It is best if you and your doctor work together as a team to reach the best outcomes for you.

Talk with your doctor about your health, your experiences with HIV, and how you are feeling generally keeps you in control of your HIV and your health. Remember to tell your doctor about any other medications that you are taking.

If you have more treatment related questions call our Treatments Officer (02) 9206 2177 to ask questions you feel unsure about.