Look for a Treatment
Plan That Supports You
Finding the right treatment plan with your healthcare provider is one of the most empowering steps you can take.
Taking your medication every day as prescribed helps control your HIV and may prevent the development of AIDS. Whether you were just diagnosed or you’ve been living with HIV, it takes support to start a treatment and stick with it.
Finding a treatment that meets your satisfaction
When discussing a treatment plan with your healthcare provider, one of the things you want to understand is how it will affect your day-to-day life. Make sure to ask:
What are the side effects?
Make sure you know the possible risks and side effects of any treatment.
How will I feel?
Ask your healthcare provider how these side effects will make you feel day to day.
Can I stick to it?
Make sure the treatment is something that fits into your life so you can stay with it.
Learn about the effectiveness, tolerability profile and patient satisfaction ratings of SYMTUZA®
in a study of patients who quickly started treatment after diagnosis.
Ask about a treatment
with a high barrier to drug resistance
When considering treatments, your healthcare provider can be a great source of support. Be sure to ask questions about your options like “Is an HIV treatment with a high barrier to resistance right for me?”
What is drug resistance?
If you don’t take your HIV medication every day as prescribed, the virus has a chance to change. Your healthcare provider may describe this as the virus mutating. This means the HIV could now be resistant to your medication. Think of it as the virus outsmarting the medication.
Missing just a few doses of your HIV treatment can cause HIV drug resistance, which means:
Your current HIV medication may stop working*
Your future treatment options may become limited
HIV drug-resistance can also be passed on to others
*This could cause your viral load to go up and your CD4+ cell count to go down,
weakening your immune system.
This is what happens when you miss doses
What does it mean when a treatment has a
high barrier to drug resistance?
SYMTUZA® has a high barrier to HIV drug resistance, which means it may keep working even when the virus tries to outsmart the medication. While some medications become less effective after the virus changes, those with a high barrier to drug resistance may continue to bind tightly and work against the virus. This may reduce the risk of developing drug resistance.
Being 100% adherent is an important part of any treatment regimen.
Learn more about your risk for HIV drug resistance, then talk to your healthcare provider to see if SYMTUZA® and its high barrier to drug resistance may be right for you.