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By Diane Peters, From Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange
Posted on thebody.com
"My doctor says I'm her star patient," Dwight Barker brags. He's got a right to: He takes his HIV meds like clockwork and his viral load has been undetectable for almost three years. "No matter what, I take my pills every day. It helps that as soon as I open my eyes I can see the pill bottles on my night table and I take them before I get out of bed."
Reaching star status has not been easy for Barker, who's 46. He was diagnosed with HIV in 2010, but suspects he contracted the virus the previous summer when he was living in Vancouver and injecting drugs.
Barker eventually moved to the Edmonton area to get away from the Vancouver drug scene but he started using again. During a five-month relapse, he was unable to take his HIV meds for 12 days straight because someone stole his pills and he couldn't get to a doctor for a new prescription. But he was lucky: His high CD4 count and low viral load remained unchanged.
Read the full article here: Despite Chaotic Lifestyles, You Can Be an Adherence All-Star