My HIV Journey: Videos of My First Months on HIV Meds, and Where I Am Now (April 2013)
"I am simply a guy who on June 6, 2011, received the news that more than 33 million people have received: I am HIV positive. I decided in that moment to record the journey that I was embarking on so that I might help others as they receive that news. I'm not a doctor and I don't endorse any agenda other than simply living a healthy life."
My Horrific Seven Months: A Blog Entry by ScotCharles (June 13, 2012)
"I have been careening from one health issue to another and haven't had the strength to write. I have learned quite a lot from these illnesses. I am still struggling to reckon the past seven months."
I Get Tested Too! A Blog Entry by Rev. Andrena Ingram (January 23, 2012)
"What my blood is tested for: How are the medications affecting my liver? What is my hemoglobin? My viral load? My CD4 Count? How is my cholesterol? What's going on with my red and white blood cells? ... Having HIV is not just popping pills. There are regular doctor visits, lab reports and I am truly amazed that any of us (my brothers and sisters) have any blood left."
Hospital Drama! A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton (December 27, 2011)
"I resented having to give this information in the lobby of the hospital ER to the security guard no less. I resented the security guard and the freaking nurse who thought my bloody ass arm was no big deal. But mostly, I resented HIV. How dare it embarrass me, right now at this time and place."
First-Person Stories of People Starting Treatment
In this special collection of videos, seven HIVers talk candidly about what went into each of their decisions to start HIV meds, from health complications to doctor advice to participating in a clinical trial.
From The Positive Project
When I Started HIV Meds: Step by Step on a Difficult Road (August 17, 2011)
"I thought I was going to die, and I looked at my life from a different point of view," remembers Lillibeth Gonzalez. "I didn't keep a good health regimen. That was the most ignorant decision I ever made. Due to that choice, my T cells went down to 0."
My Story With Medication: A Video Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia (August 17, 2011)
"You shouldn't wait till your immune system is destroyed like mine was. Take your meds and live a healthy and positive lifestyle. Please find a doctor you can communicate with and listens to you. Be proactive with your illness; and most important; do your research!"
Advice on Starting HIV Treatment From People Who've Been There
We reached out to a group of those most in the know about the intricacies of starting treatment -- HIV-positive people who've made the decision to start themselves -- and asked: If you could go back in time to the moment before you started HIV treatment, what advice would you give yourself?
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