Justin's HIV Journal

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Trouble with HIV Meds Part II

Hello Everyone,

This is Justin B Smith from Justin’s HIV Journal. As most of you can recall I was put on the HIV medication regime that incorporated Norvir, Truvada, and Rayatez, it took a while for my body to adjust to these medications.

HIV Medications Problems Video Part 1 of 2

The Rayatez medication made my eyes yellow, which means that it was affecting my Liver functions. I first noticed this about a week after starting the medication. I was so self conscience about my eyes. Everyone was going to know that I was sick and there was nothing I could do about it. I told my doctor at the next appointment. He told me that it might occur when first stating the medications. I believe in what my doctor told me. After a few weeks went by my eyes were still a little yellow.

My second visit to my doctor was a good one. I voiced my concerns and he listened. He instructed me to go to the lab and get my blood work done.

HIV Medications Problems Part 2 of 2

As I sat in my chair having my blood work done I thought about the events of the future. I thought about then candidate Barack H. Obama. I thought about the many struggles that this man had to endure. That was the moment I posed a question to myself, “What was this man’s drive to become President of a wounded country?” My second thought was, “I’m wounded, but NOT dead”.

The third visit was the reading of my blood work. It turned out to be a surprise to me. My eyes have since been better. I have been feeling so much better and the election in November gave me a lot of hope.

I had the fortune of witnessing history first hand when I went to President Barack H Obama’s Inauguration on January 20th in Washington DC. I’m originally from Washington DC, by way of Silver Spring MD, so it felt like home.

President Barack Obama's Inauguration Video

The Washington DC area was energized by this new President, one who has given people joy and hope. He has made people think a little differently about how they treat others, how they treat themselves and hopefully how they treat people who are living with HIV.

The people of the world have now been given a more positive outlook on life by a man who came from meager beginnings to become the leader of the free world.

Only time will tell if we as a people can keep this positive energy up, only time can tell if the health care promises of President Barack Obama will be kept. Only time will tell if HIV positive people will be given a more optimistic out look on their own lives because of new found light in America’s leadership.

President Barack Obama’s Promise on HIV and AIDS:

According to the White House Website, in the first year of his presidency, President Obama promises to develop and begin to implement a comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy that includes all federal agencies. The strategy will be designed to reduce HIV infections, increase access to care and reduce HIV-related health disparities. The President promises to support common sense approaches including age-appropriate sex education that includes information about contraception and STD prevention. His promise includes combating infection within our prison population through education and prevention, and distributing prophylactics through our public health system. The President also supports lifting the federal ban on needle exchange, which could dramatically reduce rates of infection among drug users. President Obama has also been willing to confront the stigma -- too often tied to homophobia -- that continues to surround HIV/AIDS.



Justin’s HIV Journal: Trouble with Medications Part I


Justin’s HIV Journal: Trouble with Medications Part II


Justin’s HIV Journal: President Barack Obama’s Inauguration



Losojosnuevos said...

Your honesty is admirable. I pray you will be strengthened daily. Be well.

c0nn3ction said...

I came across your blog by following one link after another etc.... (the usual way I find blogs)

So far I have only read the most recent 10 or 11 entries.... and will now probably start right at the beginning and work my way backwards...... but cannot do that until I tell you that I think you are a truly special human being.

I just need you to know that.

I send you lots of love and hugs and you will always be in my prayers from this day onwards.

Much love from Africa - David