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7 Tips for Taking Anti-HIV Drugs

Stay on track.

Most people need to take at least three different drugs from at least two different classes of HIV medications. Although this can be confusing, it's considered the best way to reduce the amount of the virus in your system—your “viral load”—and avoid developing resistance to any of the drugs. Use these tips to stay on track.

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Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS | Last Review Date:

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