Khafre Abif, Augusta, Ga.; Diagnosed in 1991
It wasn't until 1998 that I started my first medication regimen. Out of the gate and taking 21 pills a day. For me this involved seven pills in the morning as I prepared to get my son and me of the house for school and work; seven during the midday while serving as a manager in a public library and seven in the evening after picking my son up from school and attending any number of afterschool activities I had scheduled for him. ...
I wouldn't change a single thing. I trusted myself, my God and my instincts to make the decisions I felt were best for me. These decisions were not always in agreement with my infectious disease physician, but I had done my own homework and developed a sense of what my body needed and could handle. It is amazing when "my soul looks back in wonder how I got over." Look how far we have come. In April of 2010 I started Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir/FTC), one pill a day.
What piece of advice would I give you? Read, share and trust yourself for what you need. Be the Chair of your own Board and allow the physicians, case managers, and other have a seat at your table.
Read Khafre's story of starting HIV meds.