Tips to Take Your HIV Medication Every Day
You keep forgetting to take your medications.
You’re often away from home.
You forget to renew your prescription.
It’s hard to get to the pharmacy.
You feel like you have too many medications
Side effects are affecting your daily life.
Medications are too expensive.
You’re confused about how to take your medications.
You worry about HIV-related stigma.
You’re experiencing mental health issues.
You feel like you have too many medications.
Set an alarm on your phone or computer. You can also pair taking medications with something you do daily, like brushing your teeth.
Keep an extra supply in a purse, backpack, or workbag so you always have your medications with you when you need them. You may want to track when you take them to avoid dose mix-ups.
You forget to renew your prescription
Use your pharmacy’s auto-refill program. This way, your medications are ready for you before you run out.
Look into home delivery options so your medications arrive at your door. Your pharmacy may offer delivery, or you can use an online service.
Talk with your doctor about other options. There are newer treatment options for once-daily or even once-monthly HIV medications.
It’s really important to take your medications exactly as prescribed. Keep talking with your doctor until you feel confident about how to take them.
There are resources to help you. Contact the HIV/AIDS Hotline in your state for help with the cost. Money shouldn’t be a barrier to taking care of yourself.
You worry about
Better awareness of HIV can help reduce the stigma for all. HIV is a manageable condition. ART can make a person’s HIV viral load undetectable, which prevents HIV transmission. People with HIV are living healthy and full lives.
Low mood, anxiety, or stress can make it hard to take care of yourself. Talk with your doctor about connecting with a support group or mental health counselor.
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