When I got the news, I was devastated at first. It was a lot of, like, guilt that I was putting on myself.
I was talking to my mom about my HIV diagnosis, crying on the phone to her every day.
She was able to find a mental health therapist that was able to do talk therapy and recommend a psychiatrist that recommended antidepressant medications for me.
Having a health care team that was able to address my depression, able to address my anxiety, kind of propelled me to be able to address my HIV diagnosis, because had I not been able to address the mental health part of my diagnosis I would have never gotten to my treatment.
Let’s Talk About HIV Treatment!
Antiretrovirals, the medications used to treat HIV, keep you healthy and prevent the spread of HIV to others.
Even if you do not have insurance, or are underinsured, there are options to get the care and medications you need to stay healthy.
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Care Program offers support services for people with HIV, including mental health care, housing assistance, and more.
The AIDS Drug Assistance Program to help individuals with financial need get their HIV medications.