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Seven Considerations When Starting HIV Medications

October 23, 2015


1. Accept a New Way of Life

1. Accept a New Way of Life

Most people have many strong emotions such as anger, fear and sadness after testing positive. Each of these feelings is entirely normal, yet all of them can easily be projected onto one little pill. HIV medications, even if taken only once a day, are a constant reminder of your serostatus, and they leave little room for denial or avoidance. The road to acceptance of living with HIV can be long and difficult. Resisting this process can mean delaying the start of a regimen, or taking medications inconsistently or not at all. It is essential to work with your support system (friends, family and health care providers) to identify and express any negative feelings you are experiencing about being HIV positive so that you are ready to commit to this new daily routine.

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