HIV Medication Reminds Nelson of His Past
Taking my medication causes time to stop."
Through personalized letters, people living with HIV discuss how their HIV medication has impacted their lives.
Nelson shares his unspoken reality in HIV.
Nelson was diagnosed with HIV in June 2003 and started treatment in May 2007. He currently works in healthcare recruiting and marketing. He is committed to working out and loves to sing. Nelson is writing a memoir about living with HIV in the hopes of helping others.
Taking my medication causes time to stop.
It takes me back to the very night I contracted HIV.
It reminds me that I messed up and this feeling resurfaces every once in a while. Not too long ago, I took my medication in front of a friend and I told her I had been living with the virus for about 15 years.
I haven’t seen or heard from her since. That was a shot to the heart.
I don’t want to have to explain myself, and that’s one of the reasons I don’t take my medication around some people.
Overall, the emotional impact of my medication is one of gratitude, and as my doctor, I know your goal is to maintain my undetectable status.
But I’d like us to also discuss how my treatment affects me on a deeper level.
Unspoken realities in HIV are not just limited to Nelson
of people living with HIV agreed that taking medication every day constantly reminds them of their disease.1*
of people living with HIV admitted to hiding their HIV medication to avoid accidental disclosure.1*
of people living with HIV felt stressed and under pressure to take their daily medication at the right time.1*
Similar challenges are faced by people living with HIV every day. Yet, those feelings may not always be shared.
*The Positive Perspectives survey is an international survey conducted with 1085 patients by ViiV Healthcare in 2017.
1. Data on file. ViiV Healthcare group of companies. Research Triangle Park, NC.
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