Finding out I had sero-converted was one of the toughest days of my life, and with good reason. At the time, I was already involved with volunteering with an HIV agency, but I was not as well informed as I am today. I never took the time to learn about what HIV actually was and what medication actually does to battle it. I just didn’t need to know.
The first thing I did after finding out was run to a doctor and have every lab test possible done on my blood samples. At the time, I was uninsured and didn’t want to wait to apply for free State assistance. My fear led me to just make an emergency appointment with “the best” doctor. Now, looking back on my initial results, and knowing more, I was really led astray. My doctor immediately put me on medication. Not only was I given old HIV medications, but I was put on all sorts of anti-depressants.