Efrain Carrasquillo, Bronx; Diagnosed in 1990
I started taking medications back in 1990, actually -- quickly after I was diagnosed. It was AZT (Retrovir, zidovudine) with maybe Epivir (lamivudine, 3TC) or ddI (didanosine, Videx) -- something like that -- it was two meds I was taking. I started with AZT and then they added that extra medication. I didn't know much about HIV or AIDS back then; what I did know was that people were dying … I started taking meds because I truly wanted to live as long as I can. I was 25 years old when I found out.
Watch Efrain's Day in the Life video in which he and his wife, Petra, also living with HIV, talk about their treatment experiences.