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8 Mistakes That Can Affect HIV Treatment

HIV is a dangerous disease that needs to be taken very seriously. However there are still some common mistakes that people infected with HIV do during the course of their HIV treatment. These mistakes can easily ruin the complete treatment and theref

Snr By Meenakshi Chaudhary / Jun 20, 2014

HIV Treatment

Although the advances in treatment for human immunodeficiency virus have given hope to HIV patients but treating HIV may still be quite a challenge. However, you can set your life right by taking good care of yourself and proper medical care. But you should be aware of these common HIV treatment mistakes in order to avoid any further risk. Image courtesy: Getty

Not Going To a Specialist

An HIV specialist has proper training in treating this infectious disease and is up-to-date on researches. A trained doctor knows how to track the changes that could cause problems in your treatment. Therefore, once the HIV infection is confirmed, seek care from an HIV specialist for effective treatment as not doing so can make your condition worse. Image Courtesy: Getty Images.

Not Getting the Recommended Treatment

Taking medications regularly is not that easy but consistent medication use is of utmost importance in HIV care than any other condition. It is essential to take medication on daily basis to prevent treatment failure and drug resistance. However, side effects and depression due to drug might stop you from following the treatment plan. You can always go to your doctor when you have these difficulties. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

Defaulting On the Medication

Taking proper doses of all the prescribed medications can help to keep the HIV Viral load low as skipping a dose gives HIV the chance to multiply and mutate leading to drug resistance. The development of drug resistance makes the medication no longer effective against the virus. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Hiding From the Doctor

If you go through any kind of challenges during HIV treatment, you should always let your doctor know about it. The challenges could be related to medication, side effects, emotional state of mind. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Not Telling Your Doctor about HIV Symptoms

If you notice the symptoms flare again, it is a sign that your treatment regimen is not working effectively. You should let your doctor know about it right away to get your viral load test. Your doctor will adjust the medication as needed. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Taking Certain Dietary Supplements

The HIV treatment consists of several medication regimens that support one another. Addition of a dietary supplement can cause problems in the treatment. Therefore, always consult your doctor before taking any dietary supplement to avoid the adverse effects it could bring. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

Not Seeking Your Dentist Regularly

Risk of getting advance gum and tooth diseases increase with HIV infection. Oral infections can compromise the immune system leading to other health problems. Therefore, it is essential to maintain a good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth on daily basis. Image Courtesy : Getty Images

Using Alcohol or drugs

Consumption of alcohol in excess can weaken the immunity system. It becomes difficult for a weakened immune system to fight off the infections. Drinking can also increase the risk of side effects from HIV medications. Image Courtesy: Getty Images


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