Changing your treatment
You might find that you need to change your HIV treatment but before you do make sure that you talk to a health professional. There may be a problem with the drugs you're currently on if:
- they are not keeping your viral load down.
- your virus is resistant to them.
- the side-effects are too difficult to deal with.
- the drugs have to be taken at times that don't suit you.
- the rules about taking the drugs with or without food are hard to follow.
- they don't interact well with drugs you take for another condition.
In these circumstances there is probably a better combination available - in other words, one that will suit you better and give you better results. But to find the right one, you'll need to work closely with your doctor.
It is essential that you talk honestly with your doctor about any problems you've had with taking the drugs at the right time. If your doctor understands your lifestyle, it'll be easier to choose a combination that is not too difficult to take.
Before you switch, make sure you know about the side effects that new drugs could have. There is no point changing treatment if the new drugs are even harder to take.