Your Guide to HIV Treatment

Starting Treatment

For the sake of your own sense of well-being and the success of your treatment, it is important to be prepared—practically, mentally and emotionally.

Before starting treatment, your healthcare provider will recommend blood tests to check for drug resistance and hypersensitivity. He or she will ask you about other drugs and supplements you are taking, to help ensure that the drugs you take all play well together. The HIV drugs you and your doctor decide on will also be influenced by other health conditions you may have.