Whether you are taking your first regimen or have had to change to another, combination therapy based on three or more drugs will bring many changes to your daily routine.
Sticking to a timetable of taking drugs every day, being careful about when and what you eat with your drugs, regular visits to an HIV clinic for medical check-ups and blood tests, and the possibility of experiencing side effects can all get in the way of your usual lifestyle.
It’s a good idea to think about how taking or changing combination therapy will affect your routine, and whether you are ready to make those changes. You may also find it useful to think about who and where you can turn to for support in adhering to your drug therapy, and what type of support you would find most useful.
You should get written instructions for taking each of the anti-HIV drugs in your combination from your HIV doctor, pharmacist or dietician.