Even with all the historic advances medical science has made, no treatment can work without your involvement.
You can make an important difference
Putting yourself into your treatment, you can make an important difference. Studies show that patients who take their medicines as their healthcare provider (HCP) prescribes have lower levels of HIV virus in their blood than patients who don't. Also, the closer you work together with your HCP, the more he or she can help you make the most of your treatment.
Tracking your treatment
One of the things your HCP will recommend is tests to help keep track of how well your treatment is working. That means testing your immune system for:
- Viral load—This tells you and your HCP how much HIV virus is currently in your blood
- CD4 cell count—CD4, or T cells, are cells in your immune system that fight infections. This test measures how many of these cells are in your system
- Resistance—When HIV reproduces, it can make changes called mutations. These mutations may result in HIV that cannot be controlled by some medication. Your HCP may perform a genotypic test that tests for genetic mutations in the virus, or a phenotypic test which tests which HIV drugs will likely work against the virus
- Tests for kidney, liver function, and cholesterol, etc.—The first 18 weeks of therapy with Viramune® (nevirapine) tablets/oral suspension are a critical period during which intensive clinical and laboratory monitoring are required