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

May 21, 2014

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James Bender on Keeping a Med and a Meal Routine

Inspiring stories of people living with HIV.

How do you make sure you adhere to your medication?

Well, I set myself on a timer. When I get up in the morning, I take them. I can take the Combivir and Kaletra on an empty stomach. Then I eat my breakfast. Then, before I eat supper, I take them again, or after -- about an hour after I eat supper. So I take them in the morning when I get up, and then at night when I go to bed.

Has it been hard for you to take your medication? In the beginning was it harder? Or were you just like, "I want to live and I'll just take them"?

Well, I knew that I had seen so many people that started on their meds and stopped, and then they didn't make it. So I think that was the adhering part for me. I had a good doctor, and she told me, "If you've got a problem, call me." So that helped.

And some of the meds I did go on didn't agree with me. So I went to her and she'd change it. I didn't stop on my own, though. Because when I started she told me, "Once you stop, you're making your body, uh ..."


"... resist the meds." So I listened to her.

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

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