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A Day in the Life Video Series: Two Longtime HIV Survivors Share Love and Support

June 19, 2012

Keeping up with HIV meds often means having to weave daily doses into a busy life. How do other HIVers do it? In each episode of this video series, we'll take a peek into the day-to-day routine of a person who's living with HIV, taking HIV meds, and dealing with situations that get in the way of adherence. Watch other videos in the series.

Episode 7: Petra Berrios and Efrain Carrasquillo

Ages: 51 and 48

Home: Bronx, N.Y.

Diagnosed: 1986 and 1990

"There's days that she's my rock," says Efrain Carrasquillo of his wife, Petra Berrios. She says the same about him; the couple met in 2004 and married soon after. Like anyone living with HIV, both have days when they're sick of taking HIV meds. They share tips they use to get through rough patches.

Keeping up with HIV meds often means weaving daily doses into busy lives. How do other HIVers do it? In each episode of this video series, we'll take a peek into the day-to-day routine of a person who's living with HIV, taking HIV meds, and dealing w

Filmed by Olivia Ford and produced by Mark S. King.

[Update 2/10/2014: Sadly, Petra Berrios passed away in October 2013. More about Petra is available in this message from CAI.]


Copyright © 2012 Remedy Health Media, LLC. All rights reserved.


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Comment by: Olivia (@ TheBody.com) Mon., Aug. 6, 2012 at 10:50 am EDT
FYI for anyone interested, the pharmacy mentioned in the video, where Efrain works, is StatRX Pharmacy http://statrxpharmacy.com/. Right near the D train! People Before Profits! ;-)
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Comment by: Jeannie Wraight (Bronx) Fri., Aug. 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm EDT
Great video! Thanks for sharing your story. I live in the Bronx and would like to use and recommend to others, a pharmacy run by someone with HIV experience in our area. Couldn't catch the name of the pharmacy. What was it please?
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Comment by: Anonymous Mon., Aug. 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm EDT
StatRX Pharmacy


Comment by: Rafael Molina (Bronx, New York) Mon., Jun. 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm EDT
Hey you two give inspiration and love to many of us, including me. I know by sharing your ways of dealing wih this disesae is brave and from a good place in your hearts. All of your family are going to do well; "as it is said" "He who hides their disease can never be cured."
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Comment by: Petra (Bronx) Wed., Nov. 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm EST
Thank you Rafael!!


Comment by: Patricia Shelton (Bronx, N.Y.) Thu., Jun. 21, 2012 at 7:21 pm EDT
I know this wonderful and brave couple personally and professionally. I commend them for opening their home and lives to us and telling us "We are not alone". I'm HIV+ since 1990 so I can relate to being a long term survivor and taking meds daily and not wanting to answer phone calls, doors and emails. Being a Peer Educator is a wonderful experience teaching and learning how others live and deal with this virus on a daily basis. Thank you Petra and Efrain for many reasons. Thank you for letting us know there is love after HIV/AIDS. And thank you both for helping me in my times of need!! We could not have asked for a better example of two people who represent passion, dedication and love!
Blessings and Love,
Pat Shelton
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Comment by: Robert Moseley (San Diego CA) Thu., Jun. 21, 2012 at 1:10 am EDT
Although I don't take HIV meds I take numerous medications ranging from hypertension diabetes and schizophrenia. It can really be a chore sometimes but I can empathize with those who have a busy schedule and have to take their HIV medicine.
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Comment by: rick (Guadalajara, Mexico) Wed., Jun. 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm EDT
nice video, thanks for being courageous and facing the world with ur meds. The sound has a bit of echo, and it would of been interesting to know what meds are u taking and if u have side effects and what do u do to counter those effects. Thanks and lets keep up the challenge of living with hiv meds
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Comment by: Debby Schwartz (Bronx, NY) Wed., Jun. 20, 2012 at 6:49 pm EDT
Great video Petra... Miss you Love you...
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Comment by: Petra (NY, New York) Tue., Jul. 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm EDT
Thank you Debbie!!!!
Happy July 4th!


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