Is starting ART easy?
Generally yes. But you need to know about a few important differences between ART and other medicines.
- It is important not to miss doses of HIV drugs.
See: Adherence and why it is so important and What is resistance?.
- Although everyone worries about side effects, these are rarely serious.
See: What is the risk of side effects?
- You have a choice of drugs and you can be involved in this choice.
See: What is the best combination?
- Once started, it is better to carry on rather than stop and start.
In practice, most people find that being on ART is much easier than they expected.
Last updated: 1 October 2019.