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Starting HIV Meds: Community Members Recall Their First Dose

March 22, 2016


Starting HIV Meds: Community Members Recall Their First Dose

Whether it was AZT or Atripla, the 1980s or the 2010s, that first pill is a complicated experience for a person living with HIV. What's your memory of that moment? Did you deal with side effects? Were you hesitant to begin treatment? Did you have to do some tinkering to find the regimen that was just right for you?

Over the years, dozens of members of's community have shared their "first pill" stories, so that other people living with HIV and contemplating starting meds would know that, whether they felt stress, trepidation or excitement at the prospect, they are not alone. Featured here are quotes from a wide range of first-person accounts detailing that life-changing event.

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