This busy lady from North Carolina won’t let IBS—or HIV—get her down
Barbara Dominguez knows the GI blues. Diagnosed in 1999 in Johnson County, NC, she says, “I have IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome. You can get diarrhea and constipation from it. I have difficulty eating during the day so I usually wait until night, then eat. It’s easier to just be at home and deal with it than at work. If I eat during the daytime, I usually [just] eat watery fruit. ”
She’s not sure what role HIV meds play, but is watching and waiting. “I started taking Reyataz three years ago,” Dominguez says, “my CD4 count is great. But I get stomachaches and heartburn now. I’ve been dealing with heartburn at least two times a month for about two or three years now.