What is the best combination?
Although there are many approved HIV drugs, only a few combinations are recommended.
All the recommended combinations are all very effective and easy to take.
The one that is best for you depends on your medical history and your choice.
This means the main focus is to chose ART that will be both effective and easy to take.
Ask your doctor about your choices. This will depend on whether you have taken HIV drugs before, or have drug resistance.
Information about dosing, pill size and side effects will help you pick ART that is right for you.
- There isn’t one best combination. The one that is best for you depends on your medical history and your choice.
- All modern combinations are very good. They can all reduce your viral load to undetectable levels.
- This means choosing meds that are easy to take.
Talk to your doctor about your choice of treatment. If you have taken HIV drugs before, or have drug resistance, this will affect your choice.
- Dosing – how many pills and how many times a day.
- Pill size – some pills are bigger than others.
- Food – do they need to be taken with food?
- Side effects – side effects might affect your choice, but this is a low risk with all ART.
For example, tell your doctor if taking meds with food will be easy or more difficult for you.
Get involved in choosing your treatment. If need to fit to your life, schedules and routines as much.
Being able to share with my relatives and close friends has helped me a lot. My boyfriend always asks me if I took the pills at time.
I’ve been taking HIV treatment for the last 20 years. When I started, no one would had imagined the choice we have now. I now feel truly optimistic about the future.
As new drugs become available, choices will become even more individualised. A good relationship with our doctors and nurses is important: we’ll probably need to see them for years!
— Xavi, Barcelona
Last updated: 1 June 2022.