Starting HIV Treatment: Silke’s Story
A combination of good health and a feeling of not being ready led Silke, a middle-aged woman originally from Germany, to live with HIV for more than 20 years before starting treatment. However, a drop in her CD4 count during a stressful time left her with no choice. Silke informed herself about her treatment options by doing research online and talking with other PHAs. She did have one issue with a drug interaction between her anti-HIV drugs and another medication, but otherwise her experience has been positive. Her health has improved, she has no side effects, and she finds the once-a-day schedule easy to follow.