I first started taking meds about 16 years ago. I had a good provider at the time and my regimen did not give me any side effects. The only part that was hard was that I had to take the meds three times a day. My provider moved to another state and I had to get a new provider. She put me on a new regimen and was not concerned about the reactions my body was having to the medications. Because of this, I totally quit HIV medications. My provider did not hear me out that I was having difficulty with the medications and rather than switch providers, I stopped taking meds. I lost my faith and trust in my HIV doctors.
One year later, I was starting to get sick and found a new doctor. I again was put on medication that was giving me bad side effects. I tried to communicate with my doctor about this and my concerns about my liver and other health issues; he did not listen to me. I was very concerned. At this point I moved to Seattle and the BABES staff helped me find a wonderful provider. He was able to listen to me and understand my needs. He changed my medications and all my side effects changed. Having a wonderful provider and medications that didn’t give me side effects made me feel like I was in 7th heaven. I knew that I was being heard and that my health was being taken care of.
It’s such a big change to have a great doctor. If you are having troubles with your provider, find a better physician. You need a provider and medication that works for you. Don’t give up!