Starting HIV Treatment: André’s Story
André is a mid-50s gay man who started treatment when his CD4 count dipped to 119. He talks about the changes in guidelines that were underway when he started. His concerns about paying for treatment led him to join a clinical trial. He recalls his fear of side effects, including lipodystrophy, and the lead up to his first dose. As he adjusted to life on meds, he handled issues of disclosure and developed tricks to remember to take his meds. Looking back, he says that if he was diagnosed today he’d start treatment tout de suite.