Living with HIV doesn’t have to
change who you are
Finding the right treatment plan with your healthcare provider is one of the most empowering steps you can take on your HIV journey.
Considering HIV treatment options takes determination
Taking HIV medication every day as prescribed helps control the HIV virus and may prevent the development of AIDS. Whether you were just diagnosed or you’ve been living with HIV, it takes determination to start a treatment and stick to a new regimen every day.
Ask your healthcare provider about an HIV treatment with a
high barrier to drug resistance
Among the questions you should ask your healthcare provider, there's one that's very important—“Is an HIV treatment with a high barrier to drug resistance right for me?”
Missing just a few doses of your HIV treatment can cause HIV drug resistance, which means:
- Your current HIV medication may stop working—this could cause your viral load to go up and make your CD4+ cell count go down, weakening your immune system
- Your future treatment options may become limited
- HIV drug resistance can also be passed on to others
This is what happens when you miss doses:
Why would your treatment stop working? If you don’t take your HIV medication every day as prescribed, the HIV virus has a chance to change. Your healthcare provider may call this mutating. Once this happens, your medication may no longer be effective against the changed version of the HIV, future treatment options may not work as well, and HIV drug resistance can be passed on to others. Think of it as the virus outsmarting the medication.
This is what HIV drug resistance looks like when missing doses:
Play the Don’t Risk Resistance Game
Learn more about how the unpredictability of everyday life could cause you to miss doses of your HIV treatment and lead to HIV drug resistance.
The Don’t Risk Resistance Game works best on your mobile device
A high barrier to drug resistance
can help keep fighting HIV
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 resistance bind tightly to the virus and may continue to work. This may reduce the risk of developing drug resistance.
Maintaining 100% adherence 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.