8 Mistakes That Can Affect 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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