Many people have a hard time sticking to the instructions about how and when to take their medications.

Why is it so hard for people to stick to their treatment plans?

  • Unpleasant side effects
  • It is a reminder that they are living with HIV
  • Forgetting to take their medications
  • Unclear medical instructions
  • Unstable housing
  • Sleeping through doses
  • Being too busy
  • Irregular routines
  • Stigma
  • Travel
  • Substance Abuse

Tips for Adhering to Treatment:

  1. Talk to your doctor about your challenges and side effects
  2. Keep your pills in a pillbox and keep them in one place so you always know where to find them and can track when you’ve taken them
  3. Set an alarm on your clock or cell phone as a reminder
  4. Try to develop a routine
  5. Plan ahead if you are traveling or spending the night away from home
  6. Communicate with your pharmacy to make sure you re-order prescriptions regularly
  7. Avoid substance abuse. Substance abuse will make it very difficult for you to stay clear and keep on track.
  8. Learn helpful tips about adhering to treatment if you are dealing with substance abuse.