3 Myths About Switching HIV Treatment


Dan Brubaker

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The goal of treatment for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is to suppress your viral load—how much HIV is in your body. Despite efforts by researchers to develop and refine HIV medication, treatment can be challenging. Many patients struggle to stick to their treatment regimens in the face of debilitating side effects and demanding dosing schedules.

Unfortunately, each time you miss a dose, you give HIV the opportunity to develop resistance to the drugs you’re taking. And so over time, not taking your medication can negatively affect your treatment’s ability to suppress your HIV.

Even for people with strict adherence, the effectiveness of a given treatment can diminish after a while. Luckily, over 30 HIV drugs have received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These drugs fall into five classes, allowing your doctor to prescribe them in a variety of combinations.

Thanks to years of research and discoveries, we know a lot more about HIV than we did decades ago. Keep yourself safe and healthy by knowing the facts about HIV.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Oct 23, 2015