1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. Kerrigan est une jeune femme autochtone qui a entrepris un traitement antirétroviral pendant sa grossesse. Elle aborde tout au début les préjugés dont elle était victime en tant que femme enceinte et séropositive. En racontant son expérience avec le traitement, elle parle de son passé d'utilisatrice de drogues, de ses autres problèmes de santé et de son excellente relation avec son médecin. De même, l'expérience de Kerrigan ressemble à celle de nombreuses personnes vivant avec le VIH : elle présente des effets secondaires—dans son cas, des rêves très intenses—et elle oublie à l'occasion de prendre ses médicaments. Et elle confirme ce que disent de nombreuses mères : la naissance de son fils a entraîné des changements profonds et positifs dans sa vie.

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  4. Une bonne santé jumelée à l'impression de ne pas être prête ont amené Silke, une femme d'âge mûr originaire d'Allemagne, à vivre avec le VIH pendant plus de 20 ans avant d'entreprendre un traitement. Mais une chute brusque de son compte de CD4 pendant une période difficile de sa vie ne lui a laissé aucun choix. Silke s'est informée au sujet des options de traitement en fouillant sur Internet et en discutant avec d'autres personnes vivant avec le VIH. Mis à part une interaction entre ses médicaments antirétroviraux et un autre médicament, son expérience a été positive. Sa santé s'est améliorée, elle n'a aucun effet secondaire, et elle trouve ses médicaments à prise uniquotidienne faciles à prendre.

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  5. Kerrigan is a young Aboriginal woman who started HIV treatment during pregnancy. Her story opens with the stigma she felt as a pregnant HIV-positive woman. In recounting her experience with treatment, she touches on her former drug use, her other health issues and her great relationship with her doctor. As well, Kerrigan's experience is like that of many PHAs: she has side effects—vivid dreams in her case—and occasionally forgets to take her meds. And her experience is like that of many mothers: the birth of her son brought profound, positive change to her life.

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