|HIV =Death Sentence?
May 6, 2002
Dr. Young: Hello. Is HIV infection still a death sentence? And What is HAART? Thanks, Orla
Response from Dr. Young
In places in the world where access to HIV medications and medical care is good, I believe strongly that HIV infection need not translate to AIDS and death. This does not mean that HIV (or it's treatment) cannot cause complications, or that this outcome is guaranteed for everyone; but in general I think that the prognosis for most is very good. Bear in mind, too that the majority of infected persons around the world do not yet have access to this level of medical care-- without such, are likely to die of AIDS-related complications.
The keystone to this statement is the availability of HAART (highly active antiretroviral therapy)-- combination therapy that has been shown to reduce the rate of death and complications. BY
just started treatment in Belgium
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