"What I spend most of my visits with my patients on is actually everything other than HIV.
"In other words, the virus is controlled, the CD4s are doing well, the regimens are minimally intrusive. So it's depression, blood pressure, sugar control, weight, exercise. It's internal medicine, the rest of health, because we've done a pretty good job in finding the right regimens that control the virus and don't cause a lot of problems.
"Of course, there are some toxicities -- diarrhea or whatever it may be -- or people that don't like their regimen, the number of pills or what have you. Nevertheless, that's a minor part of our visit. We focus most of the time on the rest of medicine, which is obviously great in a lot of ways. We've done the hard work and now we can focus on the 'easy' part, which is: It's tough to have a healthy life sometimes."
-- Calvin Cohen, M.D., M.S., Director of Research, Community Research Initiative of New England, Boston, Mass.