Latest by Dawn Averitt Bridge

A Little Gratitude

On the 30th anniversary of her HIV diagnosis, Dawn Averitt writes, "Just being alive in 2018, the mother of three daughters, did not only seem unlikely in 1988, it seemed implausible at best and more realistically, impossible at the time."

By Dawn Averitt Bridge for The Well Project

HIV Drug Classifications for Pregnant Women

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set up a class system (or rating system) for drugs used to treat pregnant women. Drugs are separated into five classes -- A, B, C, D and X. Here is what each of the classes means:

Class A: Enough good studi...

By Dawn Averitt Bridge for PositiveWords

Buzz Words: Definitions of Treatment Terms

Buzz WordsHAART -- stands for "highly active anti-retroviral therapy." Usually HAART is referring to at least a three-drug regimen that contains two or more classes of drugs.

Sequencing -- sequencing is usually used to describe the order a person mi...

By Dawn Averitt Bridge for PositiveWords

Trekking With AIDS, Part 2 -- A Special Report

I need new feet. New boots won't do it: I've been through three pairs in the past five weeks, and I still can't find anything that will hold up to the pace I've set myself -- which is somewhere between 20 and 25 miles a day, depending on the terrain,...

By Dawn Averitt Bridge for San Francisco General Hospital

Trekking With AIDS, Part 1 -- A Special Report

Dawn Averitt has been bucking the odds for more than a decade now -- ever since she learned that she had been infected with HIV by a man who took callous advantage of her when she was just 19 years old. She was told at the time that she would be luck...

By Dawn Averitt Bridge for San Francisco General Hospital

What If ...

In 1988, when I was diagnosed with HIV, I thought I had received my death sentence. I was 19 years old. No spouse. No children. No future. And no idea what I was really dealing with. Now, ten years later, much has changed -- and much has not. As a wo...

By Dawn Averitt Bridge for San Francisco General Hospital

Hit the Road, Jack (and Jill)

Once upon a time, I took only one anti-HIV drug each day. Those were certainly simpler times: I'm now on a five-drug antiretroviral cocktail, which I supplement with 16 other medications (everything from megavitamins to pills that prevent PCP). I did...

By Dawn Averitt Bridge for San Francisco General Hospital