What Is the Most Pressing Issue in HIV Care Today?
By Warren Tong
July 23, 2013
"What I see now for HIV care -- the stable, in-care patients -- is all the other things in life they're running into: problems with aging that we think may be accelerated by underlying HIV, even well controlled; some of the other complications that have emerged, including sexually transmitted hepatitis C [among] HIV-infected MSM; new manifestations of old [complications] and possible new infections that are being introduced, including increases in syphilis as our patients are getting more used to being healthy.
"So I think our biggest challenges are now going to be continuing to live a full life and not running into extra risks or extra morbidities, either from the HIV infection itself or from other behaviors that come with living longer and having other consequences."
-- Daniel Fierer, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Division of Infectious Diseases at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, N.Y.
Warren Tong is the research editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
Comment by: John Marshall
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.
Comment by: bcilla13
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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