In between jobs and without insurance, Toby, 36, a restaurant worker from Kansas, had to resort to dangerous measures when it came to managing his daily medications. Trained as a medic in the U.S. Army and later in civilian clinics, he used what he knew about drug half-lives to stretch them out.
"I had to strategically space out my prescriptions so I could make it last,” he says. For 90 days, he couldn’t afford his HIV medication, drugs that cost upward of $2,000 each month. “I would skip doses or take the medicine every other day.”