When Orie came down with severe pneumonia, his doctor said it wasn't HIV-related, but recommended he start meds to keep his immune system functioning.
Deneen found out she was positive while she was in the hospital, which sent her directly into treatment -- but she wasn't yet educated enough to be comfortable with taking medications.
Despite getting very sick, Jerry's T-cell count stayed high for several years. When it started to drop, he enrolled in a drug trial study to start HIV treatment.
Before starting meds, Stewart stopped to consider how difficult it would be to keep up his insurance for the long haul.
Pam started HIV treatment when she was still healthy because her doctor warned her not to wait until she started feeling sick.
Korey decided to start HIV treatment because he worked at a high-risk job and needed to keep his health under control.
David is a registered nurse, so he knew he wanted to get HIV treatment and care as soon as he was diagnosed.
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