Accessing, understanding and keeping up-to-date with HIV treatment information can be a complex process, and can often times be daunting. ACCM’s Treatment Program in collaboration with Portail VIH/Sida du Québec (PVSQ) and the Coalition des organismes communautaires Québecois de lute contre le Sida (COCQ-SIDA)aims to facilitate treatment literacy through various mediums, including: public conferences, workshops individual counseling, phone and e-mail correspondence, our website, and HIV 201 trainings.
Ever since highly active anti-retroviral medication was introduced, the quality of life and life expectancy for people living with HIV has significantly improved. However, life on anti-retroviral therapy is not easy. There are numerous side effects to be dealt with, as well as lifestyle changes due to the strict adherence schedule and meal requirements necessary for the treatments to be a success.
Beginning medication or changing treatments can be a difficult and stressful time. The Treatment Program is designed to:
• support people through the first months of a new or changing medication regime, when the side effects can often be the most challenging;
• provide various coping strategies for individuals experiencing difficulties adhering to their treatment regime;
• provide one-on-one support via individual counselling, e-mail or telephone correspondence to discuss any concerns individuals may have regarding their treatment, treatment options, side effects and to learn more about healthy lifestyle choices.
Accessing ACCM’s treatment services is a great way to learn more about HIV medication, discuss treatment issues with physicians and other leading experts during workshops and conferences, and share tips and strategies regarding your own treatment experiences.