What drug resistance can mean for you:
If HIV medications are not taken as prescribed, the HIV virus can “learn” to adapt and multiply. This can lead to drug resistance, which may mean:
- Current HIV treatments may stop working*
- Future treatment options may become limited
- Drug-resistant strains of HIV can be transmitted to others
What happens when I stay consistent with my treatment?
The lower your viral load, the less likely it is that the HIV virus will develop resistance. And the best way to keep your viral load consistently low is to take your HIV medication as prescribed and on schedule—every day.
When your viral load stays low or undetectable, it helps you stay healthy and protect others, too. By taking your medication as prescribed, you can: