Hi Btony. Interesting what you, and ScotCharles, say about reacting differently now to crowds. I'm a bit the same, not greatly, but a bit. With me I think it may not be an effect of the ART drugs but to do with feeling the need to cosset myself, protect myself, look after myself. I used to be very social too and I would be found in all the crowded places, but now I feel the preciousness of time much more and so I want quality environments. Quality environments are environments which also don't impose stress upon me. I find that with carrying this burden of HIV, attending to the daily dosing with rigid discipline, dealing with the continual side-effects, is stress enough. It eats up a lot of the energy that used to allow me to cope with crowded places.
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