As a jazz pianist, I travel frequently, with rehearsals andperformances dominating my schedule. To keep up with my HIV combo, Iuse three-inch-square ziplock bags. I prepack my morning and eveningpills instead of carrying all those bottles. Designed for jewelers,these are smaller, less bulky and more durable than the snack size soldin supermarkets—and they’re reusable. I buy them through ajewelry-supply website for about $4.50 for 100 bags, or you can getthem at crafts or jewelry supply stores. For combos with fewer pillsthan mine, the bags come even smaller. Adherence is in the bag.

FredHersch, New York City, has been an AIDS activist for more than 17years. He has two Grammy nominations and 20 albums on his musicalrésumé.