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Resource Round-Up: Keeping Up With Your Meds

, by Reilly O'Neal

Taking your HIV medications daily is essential to strengthening and maintaining your immune system, keeping the virus in check, and avoiding the development of drug-resistance mutations that can render your current treatment regimen ineffective.

But for many reasons—including unwanted side-effects, financial difficulties, hectic schedules, and plain old forgetfulness—taking antiretroviral pills every day can be a challenge.

In addition to talking frankly with your medical provider and pharmacist about any trouble you might have keeping up with your meds, you can take advantage of these online resources designed to help with adherence and keep you living well with HIV.

These online resources can help you keep on track with your treatment regimen—but don’t underestimate the power of your own attitude toward your meds. In addition to sharing terrific tips on remembering to take your medications, Dr. Cocohoba’s article recommends exploring your mindset about taking antiretroviral drugs: “The pills or injections may at first seem like an unwelcome reminder of your virus, but those medicines also show that you are working to beat that virus and manage your own health.” Click here to read the full article and learn new ways to keep up with your HIV meds.

Reilly O’Neal is a freelance writer and former editor of BETA.

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