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When Did You Start HIV Meds? Stories Spanning Several Decades

April 22, 2013


Robert Breining

Robert Breining, Philadelphia; Diagnosed in 2001

I looked at starting meds as my chance for change. So I started taking Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir/FTC). It was a single pill once a day. Who could argue with that? The doctor informed me that there was a possibility of some side effects and that some are normal. He then gave me a prescription to get filled, and out the door I went to embark on this new adventure.

I remember coming home anticipating the worst in regards to side effects, but also looking forward to the vivid dreams that Sustiva (efavirenz, Stocrin) in Atripla can cause. Well, after a few days of taking Atripla I noticed a rash appearing.

Read Robert's full story of starting HIV treatment.

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