I was just reading Dr Deckoff-Jones's latest blog post about her and her daughter's success with ARVs. I've seen a lot of people mention that ARVs have terrible side effects but that HIV+ people take them because the alternative is death. On the other hand, I've read Dr Nancy Klimas's statement that her HIV patients are hale and hearty on their HIV meds while her CFS patients are terribly ill, and that given the choice, she'd rather have treated HIV than untreated CFS. And as well as Dr D-J, I know of many HIV+ people leading full lives, holding down jobs, etc. I am completely ignorant of ARVs and what side-effects people with HIV endure. But given that so many people with HIV appear to be doing so well, can anyone provide a picture of how bad the side effects are/what percentage of people on ARVs are affected by which side effects and to what extent? Or shed any further light on these conflicting pictures? Should PWC who are XMRV+ be eagerly anticipating getting ARVs, if the whole XMRV thing pans out, or dreading the dilemma of whether to take them or not?