HIV Treatment: Guillermo's Story

Guillermo is 35-years-old, HIV-positive and living in Madrid. Diagnosed in 2006, his status came as a shock to both him and his conservative family. Without the support of his close friend, Vicente, Guillermo has no doubt that his life would have been very different.

For Guillermo, disclosing his status to his friends and receiving their support has been critical to his life since diagnosis. Since beginning his HIV treatment, he has experienced gradual shifts in his medicine, which has been changed three times due to side effects.

When he started his HIV treatment he was taking three pills a day, and he now takes just one. The support from his friends and finding an antiretroviral therapy (ART) that suited him, has empowered Guillermo to overcome his initial feelings of depression, anger and guilt.
 

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