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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