Steve H. discusses his experience being diagnosed with HIV in 2015 and the impact a first-of-its-kind long-acting regimen has had on his life and what his treatment schedule looks like today.
Steve H., age 40, is an attorney based in Pennsylvania. He was diagnosed with HIV in the spring of 2015 following a business trip to China, where he suddenly felt very fatigued, had extreme pain in his left eye, and experienced a high-pitched sound that had lasting effects on his hearing. Following a series of tests, including multiple scans and a spinal tap, an HIV test came back positive. This hit Steve hard: at the time, many of his friends and family did not know he was gay, and his job often took him to countries where homosexuality and HIV+ status are illegal. He began daily, oral HIV therapy, which helped him achieve an undetectable viral load, but he worried that his medication would be spotted by family, friends, or in customs while travelling for work. Today, Steve feels proud and optimistic about his health and is active in the HIV community, where he uses his experience to help others and educate people about treatment options.