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Dec 26, 2017

My son is HIV and he does not want to take the meds I thought he was taking them but found out he hasnt taken them in like 7 are 8 months.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

First, a few thoughts on words. Your son might be living with HIV, but he's not the virus (or "HIV"). Calling people such can be seen as stigmatizing or in some places, even criminalizing. Using terminology that puts the people back into people living with HIV helps to destigmatize and honors the person.

It's first important to try to understand why your son stoped taking his medications and why he doesn't want to take them. Today's HIV medications should be extremely well tolerated and adherence to them is less stringent than it was in the past. Meds today work to prevent disease progression (ie., AIDS); or death; or transmission of the virus to others. Many millions of people around the world are successfully taking medications, and life expectancy in many places is now essentially normal.

So ask you son why. If it helps, surf our pages and blogs at TheBody.com, you'll find a wealth of experiences chronicled here; and do feel free to write back.

Wishing you and your son well in the New Year, BY



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