|I am so tired!!!
Nov 13, 2004
Yep! I am tired and fatigued! I am 31 years old-HIV+. The same protease inhibitors I took several years back had caused some fat to transfer in my breast area. I have been trying to get corective surgery for the past 4 years by going to Plastic Surgeons and General Surgeons. Today, I get yet another smack in the face from a General surgeon who tells me he will not do the surgery because he is unaware of the ramifications of doing surgery on HIV positve individuals. But why should this be any big surprise? It shocks me to see this kind of ignorance in the medical field and obvious discrimination. Why not tell me that surgery to have this corrected is not an option because I am HIV+? Also, he suggested that I should discuss this with my infectious disease specialist, DUH! He is the one that sent me to the plastic surgeons and general surgeons, now I am being sent back ID specialist. Maybe some of my fatigue would resolve if I could find a doctor with an open mind and proper training. Sorry to vent my frustration Dr. Bob can you offer any suggestions? It's mild gynecomastia I just want it fixed. What should I do? I think my docors are the source of my fatigue.
Response from Dr. Frascino
The general surgeon told you he didn't know the "ramifications of doing surgery on HIV-positive individuals????" What???? Let me guess. You live in one of those square red states, don't you?
Mike, you are correct: there is no excuse for this shameful level of ignorance and discrimination. I'm sure the higher powers have a wonderful place in Hell all picked out for that general surgeon. Perhaps in the next life, he'll come back as a hemorrhoid or dung beetle.
Are you seeing an HIV specialist for your HIV disease? If not, you should be. I would suggest you talk to your HIV specialist. Advise him or her that "Surgeon Scumbag" is discriminating against HIV-positive folks and that you need a referral to a surgeon who has at least an ounce of integrity, compassion, intelligence and competence, which Surgeon Scumbag obviously does not. Have the HIV specialist or his office contact the surgeon directly for you and arrange the appointment.
I don't know where you are writing form, but if you are in the U.S., a list of certified HIV specialists can be found on the American Academy of HIV Medicine's Web site, www.aahivm.org.
Good luck, Mike.
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