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Real People. Real Conversations.

One of the ways we can defeat stigma is by having open conversations about some of the challenges of living with HIV, such as finding support, sharing status, facing barriers, and addressing mental health. Below, real people share their thoughts and experiences.

Zach & Stina

The day Zach walked out of the doctor’s office with his diagnosis, his mom, Stina, was there to encourage and support him.

Chad & Dimitri

Dimitri and Chad discuss how they each shared their status with their family and how their family supported them.

Some states may have partner notification, which means if you test positive for HIV, you may be obligated to tell your partner(s). Explore more information here on how to navigate those policies.

D’Eva & Hugo

D’Eva and Hugo discuss some of the stigma and barriers that can affect those living with HIV in the Hispanic community and how to reach out in a meaningful way.

Dimitri & Chad

What would you say to someone newly diagnosed with HIV? Dimitri and Chad give thoughts on processing the diagnosis and talk about the importance of mental health.

Your mental health is important at all points along your journey living with HIV. Make sure you are taking time for yourself whenever you need to. And if you need help, it’s important to ask for help. If you need additional support, see below for some support resources.

Help Is Out There

Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been living with HIV for a long time, we all need support. Sometimes it may not even be about HIV. Or you may not know where to begin. Whatever the case, here are some important resources for you or anyone you know who may need help:

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Whether you’re new or switching, BIKTARVY is just one pill, once a day.


“As time has gone on, I’ve realized that stigma was something that I put on myself.” —Zach

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What is BIKTARVY®?

BIKTARVY is a complete, 1-pill, once-a-day prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 in adults and children who weigh at least 55 pounds. It can either be used in people who have never taken HIV-1 medicines before, or people who are replacing their current HIV-1 medicines and whose healthcare provider determines they meet certain requirements.

BIKTARVY does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS.


What is the most important information I should know about BIKTARVY?

BIKTARVY may cause serious side effects:

  • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. Your healthcare provider will test you for HBV. If you have both HIV-1 and HBV and stop taking BIKTARVY, your HBV may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking BIKTARVY without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health, and may give you HBV medicine.

Who should not take BIKTARVY?

Do not take BIKTARVY if you take:

  • dofetilide
  • rifampin
  • any other medicines to treat HIV-1

What are the other possible side effects of BIKTARVY?

Serious side effects of BIKTARVY may also include:

  • Changes in your immune system. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that may have been hidden in your body. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new symptoms after you start taking BIKTARVY.
  • Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider should do blood and urine tests to check your kidneys. If you develop new or worse kidney problems, they may tell you to stop taking BIKTARVY.
  • Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat.
  • Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain.

The most common side effects of BIKTARVY in clinical studies were diarrhea (6%), nausea (6%), and headache (5%). Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or don’t go away.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking BIKTARVY?

  • All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had any kidney or liver problems, including hepatitis virus infection.
  • All the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, antacids, laxatives, vitamins, and herbal supplements. BIKTARVY and other medicines may affect each other. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist, and ask if it is safe to take BIKTARVY with all of your other medicines.
  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if BIKTARVY can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant while taking BIKTARVY.
  • If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call ‍1‑800‑FDA‑10881‑800‑FDA‑1088.

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