Adherence is important

Adherence to your medication is the most important aspect of your treatment. For your medication to work properly, it must be taken at the same time every day. Now more than ever, it is important to adhere to your treatment, to ensure that your immune system is strong enough to fight off Coronavirus infection.

The importance of adherence

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If you are HIV-positive and on ART and you forget to take one pill or you skip a dose, you are at risk of the HIV becoming resistant to the medication. This could mean that your medication is no longer strong enough to control the HIV and your viral load will increase.

It is also important because if the drugs stop working you may need to change onto a new combination of ART. As there is a limited number of ARV combinations available, this may put your future treatment at risk.

There are lots of simple ways to make sure you remember to take your medication. Everyone is different, so look through this list and see which ones will work best for you.