December #97 : Adherence - by Laura Whitehorn

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December 2003


by Laura Whitehorn

We now know that African HIVers do better at taking HAART than their U.S. counterparts (see “A for Africa,”). Here are some tips to help statesiders catch up:

1.Be mercilessly honest with your doctor about adherence problems—the first step in tailoring your combo to your lifestyle and working out kinks (psychological as well as physical). Find a simpler combo if necessary.

2.Come out as HIV positive to those most involved in your life—housemates, family, spouse, friends, clergy—and enlist their aid in your pill-popping.

3.Get help quitting or cutting down on booze and party drugs. It’s tough to kick them, but there’s no doubt that those habits mess up med-taking in a major way.

4.Let memory motivate you. In Africa, many HIVers have witnessed the deaths of friends and family, and many long-term U.S. HIVers say they choke down handfuls of pills remembering those who didn’t live long enough to get them.

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