Well, I did it…I started meds. I took my husband with me into the doctor’s office because I knew that I wouldn’t follow through with getting medication if I didn’t have his support. I’m not sure why I’ve been so hesitant on starting medication. After all, my husband has been on medication for a couple years now. I have a doctor who didn’t really suggest them, yet he also said he wouldn’t discourage them. All the while, my husband’s doctor looked at my lab results and said I should absolutely be on meds. It’s a tough call when two very well respected doctors have varying opinions. I did a lot of research on my own to determine that beginning meds was right for me. Ever since my family doctor failed to test me for HIV, after specifically requesting all STD’s, I’ve taken my health more seriously. I used to really depend and trust the physician. Now, I use them as a guide and do a lot of research myself, so I can ask educated questions. I started taking Isentress and Truvada. So far, I really don’t notice much difference. I was very concerned about side effects. However, I seem to be adjusting great. My only complaint is that I seem to wake up more often throughout the night and have difficulty staying asleep. But that is a completely manageable side effect, in my opinion, especially in comparison to some others! I have a test to get new lab work done soon in order to evaluate the progress of the medication. I’ll keep you updated.
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