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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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Dee Dee Chamblee

Cultural Competence

"Culturally incompetent service providers are one of the first barriers impacting care. Also, transportation [to care facilities] and the other health disparities that people are dealing with. They should be put on the forefront, because those are the most pressing issues in a person's life.

"Mental health: If you don't have a good mind, how can you see about taking medication every day? If you don't have a place to stay, how are you going to take your medicine? It's all those things."

-- Dee Dee Chamblee, Executive Director, LaGender, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.






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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