Treatment Adherence Counseling
HIV medications are very effective at keeping patients healthy, but medications need to be taken at least 95 percent of the time in order to lower the viral load and increase CD4 (T-cell) counts - and missing as few as two doses a month could put a patient below this limit. Taking medications as prescribed might be easier if the medications were "easy" on the body. But because of combination therapies, side effects, interactions between HIV and non-HIV medications, busy schedules and psychosocial barriers, many patients have trouble keeping up with the demands of therapy.
The Treatment Adherence Counseling Team also holds a weekly on-site Treatment Education Group on Wednesdays from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Group discussions focus on topics relating to disease progression, co-infection, multiple health issues, and lab work.