HIV treatment involves a course of daily medications. You need to pay attention to this process. Many people find that organizing their medications helps in making their routine, life much more comfortable.
Why are HIV medications a challenge?
- Side effects that discourage you
- Issues when swallowing pills
- Busy travel or work schedule
- Physical or mental illness
- Drug or alcohol use
- Treatment fatigue following long term treatment
You need to lower the amount of HIV present inside you; a method called viral suppression. The aim is to make the viral load undetectable via lab tests. This certainty is how you keep yourself and your partner safe. Maintaining this balance is essential to reducing transmission risk between partners. You may be looking for tips to make your treatment a little easier.
Sticking to treatment plans
Your health care provider prescribes a treatment plan for your HIV medication. Based on your diagnosis, you may have to take these medications at certain times in the day. Other times, you should take them without or with certain foods. Ask your doctor for any help, questions you have on your medications.
Make a routine.
Make your medications a part of daily life. So, if the pills prescribed are for the morning, make it a habit to take them before or after breakfast.
Try using a pillbox to organize your medications for the week or month. It helps you take all pills required, or remember if you had taken your medication or not. All you have to do is look at the organizer to see if the medicines are in the compartments or not.
Another pill reminder you could find useful is an alert. Set alerts for your medication on your phone, watch, or clock. Alternately, you can keep a log on your calendar to track the days you take your medications.
Register for automatic refills
Set up a tab at your local pharmacy to get refills each week or month as required. You won’t run out of pills or need to make emergency visits either.
Talk about other conditions.
Speak to your health care provider if you have other medical conditions, side effects that disrupt your medications or make you uncomfortable. The same goes for if your partner is pregnant or plans on getting pregnant. In these cases, your doctor can help you determine other HIV medication alternatives for you.
Taking any medication can be challenging. So, it’s crucial to identify and fix the challenges that prevent you from doing so. Work with your health care provider to set up a more straightforward HIV medication routine so that you can avoid these barriers. You can join a peer group with other HIV patients to get support, ask family or friends for help. There are many tools, sites, and apps that you can install on your phone, smartwatch, or computer. You can use these tools for setting up alerts, monitor your routine, or for help.