Starting treatment: Samantha

It is recommended that treatment with HIV medicines (called antiretroviral therapy, or ART for short) should be offered to anyone diagnosed as HIV positive. People living with HIV that take ART and become undetectable, live longer and healthier lives than those who don’t. Taking ART also reduces the risk of HIV transmission.

Hear how Samantha felt starting treatment 5 years after her HIV diagnosis. She will talk about how her initial treatment didn’t fit into her lifestyle and the side effects she had. Initially Samantha didn’t speak with her doctors, but then built up the courage to talk to them.