The general rule, what I tell people, is take the medication every day and just take it as if it’s a vitamin and then that way you don’t have to worry about well if I miss one dose or two doses or three doses, how quickly is the virus going to rebound?
There are some viruses that are just more aggressive than others. So some of them will actually rebound really quickly and start to be more aggressive in reproducing. So if you actually skip three to four to five doses during the course of the month, you may actually be introducing some resistance and the HIV may be more difficult to control.
Just take it as I don’t want to miss any doses. This is my health. I’m going to take care of this virus and I’ll make sure it’s suppressed. And then just go from there.
Dr. David Malebranche, MD, MPH, a clinician-researcher specializing in HIV, gives the lowdown on all things HIV care and treatment in the latest installment of the #AskTheHIVDoc video series.