I discovered that I had HIV in 2013, 24 years ago and I thought my world was going to end, I had a relationship, adoption plans with my partner and everything, my partner had not been infected and could not stand the bar for long; we had a life built and destroyed only by my irresponsibility.
Soon I found a person who helped me a lot, even being negative he was able to give me the security I needed to start the treatment, at first I could not let him touch me with fear and lack of information, but he was patient and we overcame next to each day.
When I discovered the disease my viral load was very high, even though I discovered it early, about 4 months after being infected, my CD4 was also high (700) but my doctor decided that we should start the medication to prevent it from falling . I was very scared but I had support and I started.
I read a lot about stories of people who did not adapt and I was afraid the same thing would happen to me, but I decided to trust my doctor.
I started treatment with Lamivudine, Efavirenz and Tenofovir, the only thing I felt in the first few days was a little nausea but nothing sweeping. I took everything together before I went to bed, and after a few 30 minutes I felt my body soft and asking for a bed, and I was going to sleep like an angel, the next day I would wake up a little nauseated, but I would just have breakfast
strengthened. I'm on medication until now and rarely have any effect on it, I think you were lucky, my last appointment my doctor informed me that I would switch to a new treatment that is just a single bedtime pill that encompasses these three medicines.
I made this report so people know that it is not the same with everyone and that the psychological influences a lot I believe.
I never had vomiting, fainting or hallucinations, I adapted very well and fast the medication. For me the stigma has still been the worst part, but I think it's important that they know that not everything is as terrible as we read.
My biggest fear is the future but I know it could be much worse and the future will not be concluded due to this illness, but due to my attitudes and thoughts.
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