What happens if you take ARVs while negative?
“When a HIV-positive person is given ARVs, it boosts their immunity, but when a HIV-negative person takes them, it just undermines their immunity and interferes with their body organs.”.
What happens if you take your ARVs late?
IF YOU FORGET to take your ARVs at your chosen time it is BETTER TO TAKE LATE than not to take at all. If you remember to take your ARVs every single day, every week, every month then the HIV in the your body will not get the chance to grow and become resistant.
How long does it take for ARVs to start working?
When a person first begins treatment, it usually takes three to six months for the viral load to become undetectable. Most people will eventually have an undetectable viral load if they have a drug combination that is effective against their strain of HIV and take it as prescribed by their doctor.
What happens when you skip ARVs for a day?
Missing doses of HIV medicines can reduce their usefulness and increase the possibility of developing drug resistance, which makes certain HIV drugs lose their effectiveness. If you realize you have missed a dose, go ahead and take the medication as soon as you can, then take the next dose at your usual scheduled time.
Can I drink ARV with juice?
Don’t drink grapefruit juice with efavirenz as it can affect the level of the drug in your body. HIV treatment works best if you take it every day.
What happens if you take medication without food?
If a medicine isn’t taken as recommended with respect to food, the medicine may not have an effect. Worse, it could lead to side effects. The timing of the meal, the size of the meal, and the types of food and drinks consumed can all affect the body’s response to a medicine.