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What is drug resistance?
Drug resistance happens when the medications (meds) that were once working to control the HIV virus are no longer as effective.
Virologic failure: Your viral load may start to rise above undetectable, even though you are taking your meds.
Virologic failure often happens because of drug resistance.
How you can help prevent drug resistance
To lower the chance of virologic failure and drug resistance, it is vital that the medicine levels in your body stay where they need to be to keep your viral load undetectable. When you take your HIV meds as directed, you are helping to keep the medicine levels in your body at an effective level:
However, if you miss a dose of any of your HIV meds, the medicine levels in your body may dip. When med levels go down, your risk of resistance goes up: