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TheBodyPRO.com covers CROI 2013

What Is the Most Pressing Issue in HIV Care Today?

July 23, 2013

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Antonio Urbina, M.D.

Inflammation and Accelerated Aging

"I think the most pressing issue is inflammation. We know that patients with HIV -- especially those with chronic infection -- suffer with a lot of inflammation, which leads to accelerated aging, grinding down on the organs (heart, brain, kidney) and other issues. We don't really have an effective strategy for managing this.

"I think a lot of our therapies are very anecdotal -- aspirin, statins, diabetic control -- but I don't think we have any very specific agents to address this on a global level, in terms of decreasing inflammation in patients in a way that's going to make a clinical difference.

"I really welcome hearing about how I can better manage my patients, especially those that are aging and I know have had ongoing inflammation for years."

-- Antonio Urbina, M.D., Associate Medical Director, Spencer Cox Center for Health, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, New York, N.Y.






This article was provided by TheBodyPRO.com. It is a part of the publication The 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2013).
 


Reader Comments:

Comment by: John Marshall (Essex, Mass) Sat., Oct. 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm EDT
Thank you doctor, you understand what living with HIV means. Spread the word.
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Comment by: John Marshall (Essex, Mass) Sat., Oct. 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm EDT
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.
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Comment by: bcilla13 (atlanta, ga) Tue., Sep. 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm EDT
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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Comment by: todd jackman (Vancouver, bc) Fri., Aug. 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm EDT
is Cambrigde Ontario a good place for an HIV+ individual.Honestly please tell me if they are up to speed?
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