I'd never faced this decision before... I didn't know what to do. When I was first diagnosed with the HIV virus, I read innumerable articles on it and later suffered from an information overload and depressing confusion. One article would speak in favor of taking the highly toxic HIV/AIDS medicines, and then I'd read another one that spoke against it with just as convincing of an argument.
As a Church of God member, I know we encourage members to have faith in God and teach that doctors have their place but that it is very limited. As I told my doctor: "Miracles have no side effects and are free." We're all familiar with the poor lady in the scriptures who spent all she had on doctors and wasn't any better for it and then Jesus mercifully healed her.
I cried out to God: "I don't know what to do. What should I do? I know you can heal me, but what am I supposed to do for myself?" And shortly thereafter called my mother, who simply said: "You could always try the medicines and if you don't like them, you can always stop taking them." How logical!
I immediately began my HIV drug therapy, my AIDS "cocktail." I know some who have taken meds with few side effects but I could hardly walk when I first started — it was worse than being a staggering drunk — and the nightmares were out of this world...when I finally fell asleep. Later I regained my balance but the nightmares, night sweats, and irritability continued. I would be drenched like I had just gotten out of the shower and I would have some tingling in my arms and legs. Regardless, I strictly adhered to the program for over a year and then said enough was enough. I admit it reduced the HIV viral load to "undetectable" (although it's still lurking).
I decided I wanted quality over quantity of life. I would rather feel good for less years than have more years in misery. At least that sounded good. Again, I saw stories on television about others who praised the meds and were near death and bounced back, but one thing is sure: everybody is an individual and everybody must make up their own minds about whether or not to take medicines.