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--- Quote from: EUINAU on July 01, 2013, 08:57:57 AM ---Oh, that simple. Great thanks for your advise.

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studies have shown that being >=95% adherent results in successful treatment. Several hours change in dosage times then has little effect on your overall therapy.

the way you listed your trip, your time vs. your home time gradually changes in steps. If you take your meds at your regular times, you'll only be changing by a couple of hours at most each time you move. Rather than worry about how far you are from your home time, you will only be "adjusting" the time when you are taking your meds a few hours with each change. Just take them at the "regular" time, and you'll easily stay within that 95% adherence range - because you'll still be at 100% adherence. ;)

This is no different than when people, like myself, take their meds at "dinner time". The actually timing of when someone has dinner frequently fluctuates from day-to-day; however "dinner time" usually falls within the same 4-6 hour range each day - a range similar to the you will be going through gradually on your trip out and your trip back home.

one more piece of advice:

--- Quote from: leatherman on June 25, 2013, 02:33:29 AM ---a public service announcement from leatherman:

you should always overpack medications!

Terrorism, volcanoes, floods, blizzards, lost/damaged luggage, winning at the slots, having Mom or GrandMother keep you an extra day, an accident or roadside repair - all these things could make a trip be longer by 1 day or 1 week and leave you without meds. Or sometimes just a simple miscount  can be the problem - so alway take more and never have to deal with that nagging voice that drives your crazy when you don't have enough meds and will have to skip some daily doses. ;)

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Leatherman gives good advice.  Both on timing and on bringing extra meds.

I travel quite a bit -- and have been as far as 8 timezones away.  I always just take my meds at the same approx. time (Reyataz with breakfast and Atripla around 9pm).  I know that I am far more likely to forget to take it if I change my habits, so 8 hrs late one direction and 8 hrs early in the other is far better than missing a few days because of the change.

Enjoy your trip -- that is the important thing here. 


Thanks no issue with meds as currently away from home for work and had 3 months supply for 10 weeks trip. Lots of meds to travel with. Will be doing it again in few weeks hope it will be as smooth through customs as last time :)

sounds like you have things handled well for you trip ;) It also sounds like you're doing well with a lot of traveling - not to mention dealing with things after having been recently diagnosed, recently starting meds, and having a negative partner back home. That's a lot on anyone's plate; but it sounds like you're dealing well with it all.

Best wishes and safe, easy travels. I can't wait to see a post from you in the not-too-distant-future when you get that UD report back from your next labs.  ;)

 :) thanks leatherman I hope to hear that soon though its probably gonna take a while to come from 5 million to UD.

I think I was lucky to have met such an excellent nurse from the hiv dept, she is amazing. The doc was really good too and as said somewhere before this site is great source of info. seeing guys like you on meds for decades, knowing meds today seem to be so much better I am really not worried. I don't feel the need to tell anyone to be honest and I think I surprised myself how well I deal with it or rather how quickly I accepted it. :)


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