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When Did You Start HIV Meds? Stories Spanning Several Decades

April 22, 2013


Ed Viera

Ed Viera, New York City; Diagnosed in 1987

I remember telling myself, “OK, it’s time to go get treatment. Just because your friends died doesn’t mean you have to. Let’s go and start treatment.”

In the beginning [in 1998], they had me on Crixivan (indinavir) and it was scary for me. It was so toxic and back then you had to take it on an empty stomach. At that time the treatment was just worse than the diagnosis. I couldn’t hold food down with Crixivan. I lost a lot of weight. … I looked like a crackhead.

I stayed off treatment for a year and a half and then I decided to go back. Every time I heard about new medications coming on the market, that were easier to tolerate, I got more tempted to start back up again. So in 2000, I started taking treatment again.

Read Ed V.'s full This Positive Life interview.

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