Ending HIV together: A doctor's journey
Caring for people with HIV has drastically evolved over the past decades with ART and PrEP. To this day, however, some people don’t attain viral suppression because they don’t adhere to their medication regimen. According to Dr. Slotten, there are some reasons why this happens:
- Young people have never known anyone sick or dying of AIDS.
- People are in denial of the severity of the disease.
- They can’t afford the medication. They have high copays, so they stop.
- People get depressed and want to die for other reasons.
- Lapses in insurance coverage.
- Gaps in coverage while switching insurance companies.
- They became resistant to one medication, and the next regimen is more complicated for them to follow.
- And even if people take their pills mostly on schedule, if they miss more than 10% of the time, they are likely to become resistant to that particular medication and the virus will come back.