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  • Reminder of vaccination (3rd dose)

    To ensure the effectiveness of vaccination against hepatitis A and B (Twinrix), three (3) doses are required :

    1re


    2e :

    1 month after the first dose

    3e :

    6 months after the first dose

    This tool lets you send a friendly reminder for your third dose of vaccine.

    Please enter the date of the second dose as well as your email address. You will be notified within five (5) months.

    Date of the second vaccine:

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    How to choose the best combination of medications?

    There is not one single combination of medications that would apply to everyone. In the same manner that each person is an individual, the treatment MUST be individualized. The combination of medications that works for one may/may not work for you. The selection process is done taking into consideration several key factors (and following regularly updated and approved treatment guidelines reflecting research in this rapidly evolving science).

    When discussing your treatment options, your physician will evaluate the following critical factors to success:

    • Is this your first antiretroviral therapy?
    • If you have previously taken medications…does your HIV virus have resistance (knowledge to "get around" the medication(s)? (please refer to the section What is resistance?).
    • Even if you have never taken medications…does your virus have resistance? (please refer to the section What is medication resistance?).
    • The currently recommended and approved medication combinations available in your province/state/country. These “guidelines” are compiled by working groups of health care professionals active in the field of HIV medicine. Treatment guidelines are developed based on research that documents efficacy, safety and tolerability of medications available.
    • The potential side effects of the medications being discussed.
    • You, your lifestyle, the side effects that you can/can’t possibly endure should they arise, and your personal preferences (once-a-day, twice-a-day, three-times-a-day etc.)
    • Co-existing medical problems and/or medications that you are already taking may have an impact on the medication selection process.
    • Medication restrictions: the number of pills, as mentioned the frequency of dosing, dietary restrictions, pill size, conservation issues (refrigerated or not), etc.
    • Future medication options may be factored into the decisions made today. Certain combinations may be selected such that a backup plan or “plan B” exists if your first combination is not ultimately successful.
    • And many other individual factors… including your personal concerns regarding therapy. Don’t hesitate to ask your physician and ensure that your share your concerns prior to starting your medications. You can alsor include your pharmacist as part of your “expert working group” able to answer medication related problems.

     

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