Q and A


Can I take medication for pneumonia and ARVs together?

Hi, tested positive and my viral load is 46400 with cd count of 166. I have started with my art meds and also taking meds for preventing pneumonia, will this slow down my art meds?


Thanks for getting in touch.

The meds that you’re taking for preventing pneumonia won’t have an impact on how fast your ARVs work. Your ARVs will work on controlling your viral load, as the following explains: https://i-base.info/guides/art-in-pictures/iv-after-starting-art-in-detail

When someone is diagnosed with HIV, if their CD4 count is low it’s common that they’ll be given bactrim of septrim, this will help prevent pneumonia.

As you’re new to meds, you may find this guide helpful: https://i-base.info/guides/art-in-pictures


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