Day 1 ART Treatment HIV It was a twist in my life. And, I say I really didn't want to take…
… My HIV Antiretroviral Therapy pill
My First TARV Pill
My first pill was accompanied by a whirlwind of emotions: Anger, depression, frustration, happiness, denial and sadness. I was diagnosed in April 2014, and everything is very recent. But the months that followed took me on a trip of such proportions that there would be no amount of support, information or prior knowledge that could have prepared me!
I was a victim of sexual abuse about three years ago, the test I did was contaminated and therefore gave a false negative reading.
I remember, in October 2013, I started having major health problems. She (health) started to decline… I had over 500 gallstones while my weight was falling. Since then, my health has been in a downward spiral. In the short span of time from October 2013 to the present day, I had seven surgeries, six procedures and many more medical appointments that I would like to have at the age of 25.
The Vacuum of the First Day of ART
When my doctor told me about my diagnosis, I remember an immediate feeling of emptiness. It was 10:03 and I went to work normally and really ended my week without noticing anything different. Everything changed on Saturday morning. I got up and looked at the results and the bottle of pills that were with him. The idea that, before that, I had never taken any pills except over-the-counter medications affected me a lot and it took a long time to realize the need for those pills in my mind!
They prevent the replication of the virus so that the immune system can work and, maybe in six months, my viral load is undetectable. Or not!