What meds are out there?
Types of Drug Treatments
I'm young - why should I take meds?
If I eat lots of fruits and veggies can I stay healthy without meds?
Are there side effects to the meds?
If the side effects get too much to handle - can I stop taking my meds?
I don't have enough to buy my meds!
How do I remember to take my meds?
What's the big deal about stopping and starting my meds when I want?
I heard I can die if I mix recreational drugs and my medication - is that true?
I heard there is a drug you can take to get rid of HIV, is this true?

Are there side effects to the meds?

Some people have problems taking antiviral meds because of the side effectsand other people never start meds because of the fear of what side effects they may get and how that would affect their lives.

Side effects do not always happen. In fact, some people have very few side effects. Whether or not you get side effects depends on what meds you are taking and how your body responds to them. Currently, we know many of the side effects of the meds. By discussing with your doctor and/or treatment counselor, you can manage and lessen the side effects.

Possible Side Effects:

  • feeling tired
  • headaches
  • appetite loss
  • skin rashes
  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • nausea (feeling sick to your stomach)
  • bone problems
  • gas and bloating
  • kidney stones
  • pancreatitis (an inflammation of the pancreas gland)
  • liver problems
  • insulin resistance and diabetes
  • heart disease
  • erection problems (Meds can make it hard to get it hard)
  • lipodystrophy (changes in your body fat accumulation—you get too much or too little fat on different parts of your body)

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