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Conversations At An HIV Clinic: Medication Costs And Side Effects

“I like your watch,” pharmacist Jin Jun tells me as I’m sitting down to interview him.

I have a plastic runner’s watch, nothing special, but I see Jun is wearing something similar. “Do you run?” I ask him.

Jun is a tall, personable man who runs marathons, it turns out, and he enthusiastically invites me to run in a 5K race this weekend. I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it but I ask him for the details anyway.

Jun is equally passionate about his job, which one day a week involves helping the patients at the Carolinas Medical Center Infectious Disease Clinic with HIV drug adherence. I ask him how he handles cases like LaShana Walker’s, where some days she just doesn’t feel like taking her medications because they make her so nauseous. Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at The Daily Monthly*

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