Starting meds

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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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Hi Katie,

I just discovered your blog and find that we have a lot in common- OH natives, agemates, educated and working women, and HIV. I found out 14 months ago and I'm still coping. Accepting the meds is a tough part of it all, and like you, I don't suffer many side effects which makes this all a bit easier to cope with. I wish you the best of luck, from one Ohioan to another, in all that you do. I'm confident that adherence, health, happiness and love is what we'll need to continue moving foward as strong women who will make the world a better place.

Best,
Katie

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Good luck, Katie. I've been on meds for 12 years with very little side effects. I had to change my meds recently because it was starting to cause kidney damage. But I was on the Truvada for several years before I had to change. It's good that your husband is supportive and taking his meds. I had to do it on my own because my (ex)husband wouldn't go on meds until he almost died last year. I divorced him 3 years ago.

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