What Is the Most Pressing Issue in HIV Care Today?
By Warren Tong
July 23, 2013
In terms of HIV care in the U.S., we've certainly come a long way in the 30 years since the virus was discovered. People with full access to care are generally living long and healthy lives, thanks to potent antiretrovirals and support from care providers, advocates and community activists alike.
However, there are still many barriers when it comes to getting patients into care and on treatment, achieving undetectable viral loads and reducing inflammation and comorbidities.
We asked some of the leading experts and advocates in HIV care what they think is the biggest obstacle we still need to overcome. These interviews were conducted at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta, Ga., earlier this year.
Additional reporting for this slide show was provided by Terri Wilder and Myles Helfand.
Warren Tong is the research editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
Comment by: John Marshall
Sat., Oct. 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm UTC
Like most doctors, he tries to minimize the side effects of the meds. Severe adverse events stage 3/4 can happen. The number may be as high as 25% of patients. The meds are highly toxic and can be debilitating. The NRTIs cause a lot of irreversible damage to body chemistry. Diarrhea my ass.
Comment by: bcilla13
Tue., Sep. 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm UTC
treatment is without doudt the key to our survival i encourage everyone suffering from this illness to get into care and remain in care, the only way to sustain life span is by treating this disease aggressively.
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