The Risk of HIV 
Drug Resistance

The risk is real—
but so are your options

Anyone living with HIV is at risk for missing doses, which could lead to developing drug resistance. But a treatment option like SYMTUZA® may be able to help you keep fighting HIV with its high barrier to drug resistance.

Here’s the deal about risk

Even if you only miss a few doses of your treatment every once in a while, you can increase your risk for developing 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

Missing doses of your HIV treatment gives 
HIV a chance to change:

Things that could put you at risk for missing doses

Missing doses is one of the ways you can develop HIV drug resistance. Perhaps you travel a lot or there are sudden changes in your schedule. Maybe you’ve had a hard time taking a medication every day or maybe you’ve never had to take a prescription medicine before.

There are many things that could make it difficult to take your HIV treatment every single day at the same time or exactly how your healthcare provider prescribes, like:

  • Unpredictable work schedules
  • Traveling or spending the night away from home
  • Wanting to keep your HIV status private
  • Being spontaneous with plans
  • Having a hard time establishing routines

Taking your HIV treatment every day at the same time isn't always easy, but it's not impossible. With determination, you have what it takes to stay on track. Establish a regimen that helps you take your dose at the same time every day, and talk to your healthcare provider about other ways you can remind yourself.

Take this quiz and
learn more about your risk

Take this quiz to find out more about your risk for missing doses and how that may increase your risk for developing drug resistance. We’ll email your results and other helpful information for you to review with your healthcare provider at your next appointment.


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