It’s a simple equation. You take the medication every day. It’s going to work. If you don’t take it every day, it’s not going to work. So make sure that you take your medication every day.
And whatever helps you remind yourself to take it, whether it’s by your toothbrush, in your bag, some daily ritual that you do all the time, make that HIV medication a part of that daily ritual so that you remember so you don’t have any excuses. The main thing is going to be to be consistent about it. So you can’t be flaky and sometimes be on it, sometimes be off it.
Remember it’s going to help not only your own health but also the health of your sexual partners as well. So make sure you’re taking it for yourself first and foremost, and then for your partners as well because both of you all are going to benefit from it.
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.