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Nov 8, 2015

My brother is hiv+ and he don't wanna take's been 2years now.he drink alcohol and smoke dagga so am worried cause he has lost lot of weight and he don't wanna go to clinic.i need help

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

I share your concern about your brother's health. I'm less concerned about his alcohol or smoking, but if he's not on HIV treatment and loosing weight, this is an ominous sign of AIDS wasting.

I'd try to help him understand that HIV treatments work, are very well tolerated and can reverse his health decline, prevent serious illness or even death. Starting can be scary, but without treatment, his overall prognosis is very poor (and that should be even more scary).

Perhaps encourage him to review the many blogs from people living with HIV on understanding how others have lived with their diagnosis and medications can be very helpful.

Please feel free to write me back at the forum if I can be of any additional assistance. BY

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