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What about side effects?

ART has a very low risk of serious side effects. 

Mild side effects are more common when you first start. These are usually easy to manage and improve within the first few weeks.

If side effects are difficult or do not improve, you can change to other drugs.

Over many years I have changed treatment several times.

This has always been because of a side effect or because newer drugs were either easier to take or more effective.

Every time, this ended up being better for my health – even though I am always nervous when changing meds.

 Mike, London

Last updated: 1 October 2019.