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Video: First-Person Stories About People Taking HIV Treatment

April 2012


"The dangers of taking them poorly occasionally equal out to the dangers of not taking them at all."

The Positive Project

Since its founding in 2000, The Positive Project has collected more than 100 first-person staloras told by people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. These staloras are used to reduce stigma, raise awareness, promote prevention, encourage testing and enhance care.

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Alora: "The dangers of taking them poorly occasionally equal out to the dangers of not taking them at all."

Lorenzo: "[Adherence] plays a psychological game with you, but in the beginning they make you feel lousy. Once you get through that and you stabilize, it's all worth it when you see your T cells go up and your viral load is suppressed."

Todd: "I have adherence buddies. If they're having problems, I tell them I'll call when I'm taking my pills and make sure you're taking your pills. We used to have adherence parties."

Yvette: "I think adherence is very important, but it's not easy. A lot of the medications make people sick. The medications are different in everybody's bodies, but you never know how it's going to be for yours."

Olga: "My dog and my cat do not get fed until I take my meds. It's the only way I remember to do it."

Charlie: "Be open with your doctor and really let him know you'll take the medicine. Be honest with your doctor and be honest with yourself."

Anjie: "I remember going to a conference and they said it was better to take none instead of half-doing it. So I went to my doctor and said, 'I need something that's going to adjust to my lifestyle.'"

Scott: "When I was in my disease of alcoholism and addiction, taking my medications wasn't necessarily a priority for me. Since I've been clean, I can't recall ever missing a dose."

Keithland: "All I think about taking are the pills for that day. That helps me not become so overwhelmed, seeing a lot of pills that have to be taken."

This article was provided by The Positive Project.
See Also
6 Reasons Why People Skip Their HIV Meds
Word on the Street: Advice on Adhering to HIV Treatment
More Personal Accounts of Staying Adherent to HIV/AIDS Medications

Reader Comments:

Comment by: John (San Fransciso, CA) Thu., Apr. 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm UTC
My story goes like this.....

I go in my closet, open the flask, take out a pill, walk to the bathroom, fill a small cup with water, and swallow. The End.
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