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How soon after starting Viread will my symptoms improve?

Viread (tenofovir) neither cures HIV infection or hepatitis B infection, nor prevents any specific symptoms. Instead, Viread is is a long-term medication for people hoping to slow the replication of HIV and decrease damage to the immune system. Viread may help postpone the development of AIDS and other serious health conditions. However, you still may experience some problems related to HIV infection, AIDS and chronic hepatitis B infection. When you start taking Viread, it begins doing its work immediately. Initially, it is possible that you may actually notice an increase in your symptoms. That's because dormant infections may flare up as your immune system becomes strong enough to fight them. Whether or not your symptoms improve, Viread works best when it's taken regularly and exactly as prescribed by your doctor.


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