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When Did You Start HIV Meds? Stories Spanning Several Decades

April 22, 2013


Pastor Andrena Ingram

Pastor Andrena Ingram, Philadelphia; Diagnosed in 1988

Now, I have been on medication since I was diagnosed 24 years ago. I like many other "old heads" started off with AZT (Retrovir, zidovudine). Disastrous!!! I can visualize it like it was yesterday. Taking the pill and then going around the corner to the supermarket to pick up some items. In the middle of the aisle, I became disoriented and so, so nauseous! I couldn't finish shopping. I had to go back home. ...

What I began doing after the AZT, and as I was going to begin what would become known as "the cocktail," I began the practice of "talking to my body," telling it and myself that we were going to begin this new regimen and we were going to do it as painlessly as possible. We were going to anticipate a few light side effects as we acclimated ourselves to the new drug, and then we were just going to keep it movin'!

And for the majority of my treatment, it has worked well. I have tolerated most of the meds wonderfully!

Read Pastor Ingram's full story of 24 years taking HIV treatment.

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