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Do You Have a Routine to Keep Up With Your HIV Meds?

May 21, 2014

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Do You Have a Routine to Keep Up With Your HIV Meds?

Keeping up with an HIV medication regimen is a struggle that many people who are living with HIV have. However, very few people want to speak out about it. "If medication is saving your life, why wouldn't you remember to take it every day?" some might say. However, for those who are having trouble adhering, support is crucial. One of the best ways to adhere to your meds is to establish a daily routine that makes taking medication as normal as possible. Here, a few people living with HIV discuss their feelings on regimen routines.

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Michael Storm on Keeping Up With Meds While Dealing With Mental Health Issues

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So what is your treatment like on the HIV side? What are the adherence issues that you may have or you know, how do you deal with taking your meds for bipolar disorder and also HIV? Is that hard for you?

It's become a daily routine for me. I incorporate it into my morning routine of having coffee. You know, you get up, you do the "shower and shave" bit and then when I'm about to have coffee, I always make it a point to be the first thing I do with my first sip, take my medicine. As far as adherence, I find that one of the medications I take I have to take twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. The majority of the medications, the other medications, are all at once in the morning. So that's easy. The hard part is that last one at the end of the night. Because, sometimes, I forget. I go to bed, and I'll be in bed already and the medicine is only like three or four feet away, right next to my bed. And for some reason, I just won't take it sometimes, you know I'll be like "Oh, whatever." And then there are times that I kick myself in the butt, and I say "Get up, it's only three or four feet away, go and take your medicine." And so what I've learned is to dry swallow [laughs], cause I won't have anything to drink and that's usually a good excuse. "I don't have anything to drink," or, "I don't wanna go downstairs to get a glass." And so, now, it's like: get up, take it, dry swallow and forget about it. You know?

Make sure to watch or read the full interview with Michael.

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