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  • Drug resistance

    It's important to always take your HIV treatment at the right times and in the right amounts. If you don't, HIV may become drug resistant.When...

    From: The basics

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  • An HIV treatment journey

    This illustrated leaflet shows the journey a lot of people go on with HIV treatment. However, each person’s situation is different. Your own circumstances may...

    From: The basics

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  • Taking drugs on time

    For HIV treatment to work well, you need to always take your pills at the right time, without missing any doses.Taking anti-HIV drugs regularly will...

    From: The basics

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  • Your diet and anti-HIV drugs

    Choosing a drug combination that you can fit into your existing eating habits is usually easier than trying to adjust your eating habits to fit the drugs. There...

    From: Booklets

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  • Travelling with HIV medications – time zone changes

    Travelling to a new time zone may affect when it’s best to take your medication.If you have an undetectable viral load, taking one dose a few hours...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Why taking your HIV treatment properly is so important

    The currently available anti-HIV drugs cannot cure HIV. However, treatment with a combination of these drugs (usually three) can reduce the amount of HIV in your blood (your...

    From: Booklets

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  • What does taking your HIV treatment involve?

    Taking your drugs as prescribed is often called ‘adherence’. Adherence to your HIV treatment means: Taking all the medicines that make up your...

    From: Booklets

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  • Factors that can affect adherence

    Medicines from the three main classes of anti-HIV drugs (nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors or NRTIs; non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors or NNRTIs; and protease inhibitors) are available in forms...

    From: Booklets

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  • Taking your HIV treatment

    This booklet is a starting point for anyone who wants to know about treatment for HIV. It provides basic information about how HIV treatment works...

    From: Booklets

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  • Adherence

    Taking your medication exactly as prescribed is key to HIV treatment working.As treatment is a long-term commitment, it’s important that your treatment suits your lifestyle.If you find...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Adherence tips

    You may find that a pill box, a phone alarm or a diary helps you with adherence.Adherence can be more challenging when travelling or when routines are...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Adherence

    Information on adherence to anti-HIV drugs, including advice on how patients can maintain adherence to their therapy and how healthcare providers can help....

    From: HIV treatments directory

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  • Frame PrEP as part of a ‘healthy sex life’ for better adherence

    Brief, empowering messaging around pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can lead to better medication adherence, new research has found. When PrEP counselors framed PrEP as part of a healthy sex life, new PrEP clients were significantly more likely to have high levels of adherence to the medication. This was true even among demographics that typically struggle with adherence including young people and people of color.

    27 March 2017 | BETA blog
  • Dutch adherence programme boosts HIV Tx success rate

    Dutch researchers have developed an HIV medication adherence programme that has been successful in increasing treatment success rates by almost 18%, claiming it as the first adherence intervention in HIV care that demonstrates clinical and cost effectiveness.

    09 March 2017 | Medical Brief
  • US: Should People With HIV Stock Up on Meds in Fear of Health Care Cuts?

    As the Trump admimistration and Congress discuss sweeping changes to health care, should people with HIV start squirreling away their meds in case they lose access? HIV advocates say don't panic -- you'll likely be fine. But there are still things you can think about and steps you can take.

    13 February 2017 | The Body
  • Food is Medicine for HIV-Positive and Type 2 Diabetes Patients

    HIV-positive people who received healthy food and snacks for six months were more likely to adhere to their medication regimens, were less depressed and less likely to make trade-offs between food and healthcare, according to a new study.

    26 January 2017 | University of California San Francisco
  • Behavioral Therapy Provides Depression and Adherence Benefits in HIV Study

    Four months of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and antiretroviral adherence significantly improved adherence and depression scores when compared with treatment as usual in a three-way randomized trial involving adults with HIV infection. Relative improvements in adherence and depression held up in the eight months after the interventions ended.

    30 November 2016 | The Body Pro
  • UNC Receives $18 Million to Combine Tech & Health

    "iTech will be home to six studies with each study using technology to address a barrier to the HIV care continuum,” said Hightow-Weidman. “For youth at risk of becoming infected with HIV, we will develop apps that list HIV testing sites and medical providers who prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP to prevent HIV. For youth who test positive for the virus, we will develop electronic health interventions to engage them in care and improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy.”

    28 September 2016 | University of North Carolina Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases
  • Four day a week ART: sub-optimal drug levels but few virological failures

    A poster at IAS 2016 reported on the effectiveness of a strategy in France to use reduced dose maintenance therapy. This involved only taking ART for four rather than seven days a week.

    20 September 2016 | HIV i-Base
  • Smartphone app could help high-risk HIV men stay on their meds

    Dworkin created the app by gathering African-American HIV-infected men who have sex with men in focus groups and discussing the common treatment questions they wanted answers to and the appropriate language the app should use in responding.

    21 July 2016 | Science Magazine
  • People who use drugs still adherent to PrEP

    New research conducted with a group of PrEP clients at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation PrEP clinic suggests that people who use substances adhere to PrEP and stay in care at about the same rate as people who do not use drugs.

    13 April 2016 | BETA blog
  • Adherence State of Mind

    Tom Hayes writes: "As someone with near flawless adherence for the last four years I was shocked when I recently fell off the rails. It seems none of us are perfect."

    18 February 2016 | Beyond Positive
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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