This Wednesday April 1, 2015 we will have a reporter from the SFGN and the topic will be
pill fatigue, adherence, resentment about the meds even though they are keeping the user alive (love/hate relationship with the pills) How does taking these meds alter the quality of your life? (Taking all these pills could keep you healthy and ensure a longer life, but does quality of life suffer in the process?)
Long term survival means adherence, even if it’s only one pill a day. How do you manage that requirement?
How many days does a man miss or forget in the course of a month? Year?
Does the obligation to remember to take the pill(s) weigh on your mind? Doesn’t it make HIV something that you can never forget about? Is this what is called “Pill fatigue?”
Have you ever taken a med-holiday where you decided to go off meds for an extended period? If you go away on vacation for example for a week or a few days (or longer?) do you skip the pills?
Do the meds interfere with your quality of life? Side effects, interactions with what you eat or drink?
How does taking pills for the rest of your life impact your sense of self-worth?
Do you resent your pills?
Do you feel controlled by your medications or do you feel “in control” of them?
Do you envision or hope for a day when you won’t have to take them, or you see this as a necessary part of the rest of your life?