At this point, you may have gotten used to certain side effects. Keep in mind, they may not be something you have to just accept. Be sure to talk to your doctor about these or any other side effects you may be experiencing.
9 in 10
agree that they deserve the best HIV treatment that works for them.
agree that they just deal with side effects of their HIV medication because they feel they have no choice.
Your HIV medicines may be affecting your life in ways that may not be obvious to you. Do you miss important events? Or do you change when you eat because of your HIV medicines?
The Doctor/Patient Relationship
3 in 5 patients talked to their doctors about their concerns when dissatisfied with their HIV treatment.
Only 1 in 5 doctors report having heard about the dissatisfaction from their patients.
It’s important to remember that you and your healthcare provider are on the same team—you’re both motivated to get the best HIV treatment possible for you. So use these facts to help make the communication between you and your doctor even better.
You may not have to cope with the effects HIV and HIV medicines have on your life. There may be other treatment options for you. It’s important that you talk with your doctor and set your NEW GOAL.
Choose your NEW GOAL here.
Then download a guide with questions to start the conversation with your doctor.
- Empowered with my healthcare team
- Confident about my treatment decisions
- Determined to get the best treatment options for me
- Motivated to get a treatment plan that fits the way I live
- Courageous feeling less afraid of side effects
My new goal
To learn more about setting and getting to your NEW GOAL, sign up for e-mails here.
Making A Change In Your HIV Treatment
If you and your healthcare provider decide you need to change to a different HIV medication, don’t get discouraged.
It’s the beginning of another chance to control your HIV, and get your viral load to undetectable.
The statistics above come from the HIV Optimized Patient Experience (HOPE), a nationwide market research survey conducted for ViiV Healthcare by Harris Poll in 2016. The HOPE survey tells us some interesting things about people who are living with HIV, like how they feel about their relationship with their doctors, how they deal with side effects from HIV medicine, and how HIV treatment is affecting their lives. All responses come from 1,404 people who were 18 years of age or older, HIV-positive and actively taking HIV medication.
Another part of the study reflects the responses of 300 healthcare providers who were asked to consider their patients who are stable on treatment with an undetectable viral load (<50 copies/mL of blood).
Use these findings to help you and your doctor talk about and set your NEW GOAL.