December 24, 1996: Hope's reward.
The story cautioned, however, that some people experienced side effects that forced them to go off the medications. Also, many were unable to afford the drugs, while others could not manage the complicated regimen required. For others, some of whom had maxed out credit cards, sold life insurance policies, and gone on permanent disability in anticipation of death, the success of protease inhibitors created the daunting complication of a now-extended life.
Yet as one survivor said, "When this thing first started to break, I thought, I might actually make it through this thing and do the greatest `I gotcha' on the universe.... It's going to be a longer road, with more side detours than any of us particularly wanted to have. But hope has many different shades to it.... That's the life of someone living with HIV."
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|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||May 23, 2000|
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