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6 Reasons Why People Skip Their HIV Meds

September 1, 2011


"My housing isn't always stable."

"My housing isn't always stable."

In the 2010 documentary The Other City, one of the most heartbreaking moments was when J'Mia Edwards, an HIV-positive mother of three who was struggling to maintain her Section 8 housing, looked into the camera and said, "I need an apartment. My housing is my prevention."

For people living with HIV who are homeless or who have unstable housing, basic needs (such as food, clothing, shelter and caring for children) often outrank taking their meds. And no one can fault them for that.

Also, having a stable roof over your head means you have a safe place to store your medication and refrigerate it if needed.

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