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Word on the Street: Advice on Adhering to HIV Treatment

June 14, 2012


Tree Alexander

Tree Alexander, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Diagnosed 2006

I make sure that I take my medicine at the exact hour and exact minute that I'm supposed to, because I don't want any gaps. I take my meds as soon as I wake up. My alarm goes off at 5:30. At 5:30, I roll over and take my medicine [which consists of Reyataz, Combivir and Norvir] whether I get up or not; some water and my medicine are right there next to the bed, so I take it right then and there. Then my PM medicine I'll take during the day. But it's the Combivir that I take twice a day. I'll take just the Combivir with me in a small, discrete pillbox. I'll take it during lunch or when I'm having an early dinner. I have an alarm on my phone that'll go off to remind me to take it.

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