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


Brenda Chambers

Brenda Chambers, Salt Lake City, Utah; Diagnosed in 2003

Make sure you're working with a provider who has experience with HIV and the side effects of the meds. It is important to know what you are getting yourself into because adherence is so very important. If you don't think you can live with a side effect such as vivid dreams from Sustiva (efavirenz, Stocrin), which is a component of a popular med called Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir/FTC), then let your doctor know. Research what side effects come with each medication, but get some suggestions of first-line medications from either your doctor or a pharmacist. Only you know what you will allow and what would make you skip medications, which is NOT an option.

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