Whats the big deal about
stopping and starting my meds when
HIV is a really smart virus. If you
forget or stop taking your meds, the
virus has time to learn how to fight
against the drug. HIV will actually
change itself when this happens: it's
called mutating. If your HIV mutates,
it can become resistant to that drug.
That means that drug won't work anymore
to fight your HIV.
Since HIV is changed forever once
it's resistant to a drug, you can
pass that on to another person if
you have unsafe sex. When that person
gets newly infected with HIV, they
will never be able to get any help
from that drug, even if they've never
taken it before.
If you talk to your doctor about your
meds and try very hard to stay on
your drug schedule, your medicines
will keep working and you can feel
healthy for a very long time.