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


Maria T. Mejia

Maria T. Mejia, Miami, Fla.; Diagnosed in 1991

I've been HIV positive for 20 years; for the first 10 years I didn't take any HIV meds, and for the last 10 I've been on HIV medication. Not everyone should wait this long to get on meds, however. All bodies are different. After 10 years my CD4 count went down to a dangerous 39, and that's when I said "It's time."

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