A recent study confirms the view that HIV treatment has become much easier to tolerate than before. In an earlier study in 2006, 20% of patients changed treatment per year, mostly due to not being able to tolerate side-effects. A new study (2009-2011) finds that this figure is now much less – 8%. In many cases, this still involved people changing from older drugs; few people stopped taking the newer drugs which are now most commonly used in routine HIV care. The study shows that there have been significant improvements in HIV treatment in recent years.
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Nonetheless, if you are having problems with your treatment, it is important to discuss this with your clinician. It’s nearly always possible to find a solution to problems with treatment, including changes to more tolerable or manageable combinations.