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Discover the secret to success on June 9!

The secret to making HIV treatment work is deceptively simple: adherence. Near-perfect adherence – every dose, reasonably on time, every day.

If adherence is less than 95%, then drug-resistant viral strains multiply. The more adherence falls, the faster drug-resistant HIV is permitted to take over. Eventually, the resistant-type virus is out of control, and that particular drug combo ceases to be effective. Another "cocktail" must be devised, often requiring the nastier drugs, rather than the gentler new ones.

If someone has chosen to take Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy, or HAART, then they have to work at it. How? What are some useful techniques for developing good adherence habits? How do you avoid crashing your regimen and running out of treatment options, at least the easier ones?

On Thursday, June 9, ASA's Dining With the Expert program will explore adherence and resistance. Our guest speaker will be one of poz people's most knowledgeable advocates, Larry Wolf from Chicago. As lead patient educator for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Larry has a lot of experience with adherence issues and how to make it work.

The presentation will be given in English, but simultaneous translation will be provided for Spanish-monolingual attendees.

Dinner with Larry Wolf will be at 6pm on Thursday, June 9. ASA is located at 7215 Cameron Rd., just north of St. Johns. The evening is free, thanks to the generous sponsorship of BMS. Seating is limited, so please let us save you a place: call ASA's reception desk at 458-AIDS (458-2437) or e-mail sandy.bartlett@asaustin.org.

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