Combination Therapy »

… in combination in this manner adds to the power of the regimen and also helps to prevent viral Resistance from developing.  This will in turn help to ensure that the medication provides complete and durable suppression of the HIV Virus – as long as your treatment Adherence is good.

Detail

HIV drugs are generally classed according to the way they stop the virus from reproducing itself.  There are now six main types of drugs used to combat HIV:

Nucleoside analogue reverse …

Resistance Testing »

Resistance testing is now performed fairly routinely.  Resistance testing shows whether or not a given drug is effective against your HIV virus.  It may tell you whether you have been infected with a drug-resistant strain of HIV, and also if you are resistant to  drugs you are currently taking, or have taken in the past and then initially start to benefit from these medications.  …

Choosing a Combination »

… already taken anti-HIV drugs, when choosing your new combination it is usually best to have a resistance test done to see which drugs are suitable.  This is because it is possible that HIV has developed resistance to drugs that you have been taking.

Choose drugs with few/manageable side effects

Choose drugs with side effects you can cope with. Most HIV drugs have side effects of some sort, although these vary greatly between individuals.

The short-term side effects of each drug …

Anus and Rectum »

… being penetrated, it helps to relax the sphincter, to prevent pain or damage occurring through resistance.

Any unprotected oral or penetrative anal sex makes the person vulnerable to the numerous infections which are outlined in detail elsewhere on this site under the headings of HIV - AIDS - Hepatitis and Infections. It is useful to make yourself aware of the dangers involved upon becoming infected, and take the precautions outlined in the Safer Sex section of the site. It is …