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Advice on Starting HIV Treatment From People Who've Been There

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Lillibeth Gonzalez

Lillibeth Gonzalez, New York City; Diagnosed in 1992

Seek help in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Before starting HIV treatment, my T cells were 868 and I was in great shape, but I thought I was going to die so I started to hang out and drink, and I didn't keep a good health regimen. That was the most ignorant decision I ever made. Due to that choice, my T cells went down to zero. I got TB, neuropathy, wasting syndrome, and PCP [pneumocystis pneumonia] four times. I was in denial.

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