HIV Medication: Talking to your doctor

There has been great success managing HIV following the development of HIV medication. Many people living with HIV and taking their treatment as prescribed have an undetectable viral load, meaning the amount of HIV in their blood is no longer detectable in routine blood tests and they cannot pass the virus onto anyone else.

However, over time you may find your HIV medication becomes difficult to manage. This may be because of changes to your routine, medications you may have for other illnesses or you might be experiencing side effects. It’s important you feel confident talking to your doctor and healthcare team about your HIV medication and wellbeing. They are there to support you on more than just choosing the right medication for your HIV.

Topics you may want to discuss with your doctor or healthcare team include:

  • Experiencing side effects of your HIV medication
  • Missing doses of your medication, for example, due to changes in your daily routine or lifestyle
  • Making a change to your lifestyle, such as diet or new exercise routines
  • Concerns about taking your HIV medication long-term and its effect on your health


If you’re experiencing side effects, it’s useful to note them down so that you don’t forget. You can then bring your notes to your next appointment to discuss them with your doctor or healthcare team.

Why not use the Unity interactive tool to help get you started?

Unity is a simple 10-minute questionnaire that creates a handy, personalised guide you can take with you to your next appointment. It was created using feedback from a panel of people living with HIV and HIV experts to help support your needs.

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