Leah Beth

Hello, I’ve been living with hiv for about 9 yrs now. Contracted from a partner of 4 yrs that didn’t tell me he had it, I found out after he died. Anyways I been taking my meds for close to 9 yrs and have been undetectable for around the same amount of time.

I was on one cocktail for 8 yrs, then they switched me to a “better” one that I was on for some months but it was making me gain weight, and that was causing other health issues. Now they switched me to what seems to be a better one. But what I’m concerned about is the fact that I’ve missed maybe up to 3-4 times over the last 9 years.. this last time I just missed, I absolutely forgot the whole day, usually when I missed before, I at least remembered a cple times during the day but then forgot, usually due to life being hectic at the time. This time wasn’t hectic and I didn’t remember at all the whole day. I’m usually very religious when it come to taking my meds. I’m 45 have had 5 kids. Healthy most my life and I take good care of myself. I do have a reminder set on my phone, google home and my iPad. And I have a gel pack to keep track of my days.. but I’m concerned now because I can’t believe I would of forgot like that, I literally didn’t remember until like 4am the next day. Which is today, so I took them as soon I got up. 

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helpline-volunteer

Hello,


Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the repercussions of missing a dose of your HIV medication.

It is important to take HIV medication around the same time every day. Missing doses of your medication reduces their usefulness and potentially leads to the development of resistance (1). It is typically recommended to take a missed dose as soon as you notice it was missed, unless it is the same time as your next scheduled dose (2). Do not double dose as this can be even more detrimental than missing a dose. Please note that this information is general and may not be applicable in every situation. There are many different types of HIV medications that all have specific guidelines to follow if a dose is missed.

Recommendation: Refer to a healthcare professional for more personalized answers.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie
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1) Missed a dose of HIV Medicine
2) Adherence to HIV Treatment

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