Prescription Refill for HIV Medication in Singapore
In order to improve patients’ adherence to take their hiv medication timely, At PULSE, our patients can request for a prescription refill for HIV meds
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been around for at least 40 years, as far as mankind knows. We also know that to date, there is still no effective cure for HIV, and if left untreated, may lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and ultimately, a death that would be earlier than anyone would have liked. But hey, that is in the past. Now, with proper care and treatment to control and slow down HIV progression, people living with the virus can also lead long, healthy lives just like any other uninfected person. Know what is the best thing? You can still have a normal sex life.
HIV is Like Any Other Chronic Diseases
People living with HIV will have to be on lifelong antiretroviral therapy, and it is definitely not fun to have to take a cocktail of medications every day, especially if one also has hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, etc. That, my friend, is a tonne of medication to take. For anyone on lifelong daily medication, adherence and compliance to treatment can become an issue. I mean, who likes to visit the doctor every month just to get medication? Knowing that you already have this condition is already depressing enough, having to take pills on a daily basis is another burden, what's more, HIV remains a stigma in this society. All these can trigger anxiety, and these are also often reasons why patients tend to miss their dose, which may lead to serious health consequences for themselves and their loved ones, aside from affecting interpersonal relationships.
Prescription Refill for HIV Medication
In order to improve patients’ adherence to taking their medication timely, which is especially important for patients with HIV, the prescription refill experience plays a very critical role.
At PULSE, our patients can request a prescription refill for HIV medication for up to 3 to 6 months, but of course, this is provided that the condition has been proved to be under control through regular routine testing, a part of HIV patient management. Studies have shown that allowing a larger quantity of medication prescribed and reducing a patient’s frequency of visits to the doctor can largely reduce anxiety and increase medication adherence. Adherence is even higher when patients are given the choice to receive their medications by mail ordering or delivery.
In order to help patients in this aspect, PULSE provides these services as well.
Of course, HIV management is not just about taking medications and having regular blood tests done. Should you need to speak with a doctor to help cope with your mental well-being, please do not hesitate to step forward and make an appointment with us. We are here to help, not to judge.