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What happens if you are HIV drug resistant?

If you notice that the medication is not working or if your provider says that you’re resistant to some of the medications, realize that even with resistance you have other options nowadays.

We have blood tests that are called genotypes or phenotypes and what they do is they give us a specific indication of what medications will work against the virus that’s in your body. It will tell us where you may be resistant to a certain medication but it will also tell us what medications work.

So don’t give up just because you become resistant to one medication.

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.