7. What side effects am I willing to tolerate?
Many times, people don't even get tested for HIV until later in the disease process, when they already feel terrible (which is likely why they got tested). These people may have an easier time starting treatment because they know they will feel better once they get the virus under control.
If you have no symptoms of HIV infection, though, it's easy to fear that you'll feel worse on treatment. Thanks to newer, less-toxic medications, chances are better than ever that you'll feel just fine. But it's important to be clear about what side effects you are willing to tolerate, particularly during those first few weeks that your body is adjusting to treatment (when side effects are most likely). If your answer is "nothing," then you might not be ready to do this.