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When Did You Start HIV Meds? Stories Spanning Several Decades

April 22, 2013


Frankie Ninja

Frankie Ninja, San Francisco; Diagnosed in 2007

I started mine on August 11, 2008, at 11 p.m. I chose that date and time for several very good reasons (for me):

It was time.

T-cell count, or CD4 count, had dipped to 300 (100 away from an AIDS diagnosis).

My viral load was in the hundred-thousands. ("Viral load" is a measure of the severity of a viral infection, and can be calculated by estimating the amount of virus in an involved body fluid. [quoted from Wikipedia])

I needed to be in a psychological place where I understood and accepted that from that day forward until my dying day, I would have to take a "cocktail" of pills ... every day and without fail.

I wanted to remember exactly when I started my permanent regimen. What better day to remember than my birthday?

Read Frankie's full story of starting HIV treatment.

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