"As an activist living with HIV, I want decisions about my care to be supported by evidence. Jumping ahead of the data -- even with the best intentions -- has led to treatment guidelines in the past getting it wrong."
First, they were diagnosed. Then, they started treatment. Then, they advocated for others. In this roundtable, three treatment activists discuss their journeys.
From protesting "big pharma" about the cost of meds, to being on meds himself, Marco Benjamin's journey with starting treatment is nuanced, and the subject of this op-ed.
Patrick McNamara, M.D., answers questions about starting meds, controlling diarrhea and a new approach to treating facial wasting.
Q: I am a 27-year-old male who just tested HIV positive last March. My T cells are 345 now (down from 372 in March) an...