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Question

What are the side effects of ARVs?

I’m going to be starting ARVs next week. What are the side effects?

Answer

Thanks for getting in touch.

Possible side effects vary depending on which drugs are in your combination. Luckily most modern HIV drugs have few serious side effects for most people.

Some ARVs can cause sleep problems, others weight gain. The following explains what possible side effects a person could have when they start ARVs: http://i-base.info/guides/category/arvs

Most people don’t get side effects, or if they do, they are very mild. As you’re going to be new to medication, you may find this guide helpful: http://i-base.info/guides/side

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