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Disgusting
Nov 4, 2007

You recently told a mother to keep her 5 year old daughter on highly toxic aids chemotherapy drugs for a lifetime...do you honestly think that child will live a normal life taking chemotherapy day in and day out?...how many liver transplants do you think she will have by the time she is 12? You guys are really disgusting money hungry villians and need to be exposed for the charlitans you really are.

Response from Dr. Sherer

My good friend Jim Oleske was among the first pediatricans to care for children with AIDS in the US in Newark in 1981. He recently showed me the picture of a child that he cared for in the early AIDS era when she was an infant. She was wearing a graduation gown; the picture was taken on the day she graduated from medical school. Her intentions are to be an infectious disease specialist and to care for people living with AIDS.

The incidence of minor hepatitis from antiretroviral therapy (ART) overall is less than 5%, though it can be somewhat higher in people with hepatitis B or C. The incidence of severe liver disease that might require a transplant is very small. And since a need for liver transplant is most common in people with HIV and hepatitis C co-infection, ART combined with hepatitis C therapy actually represents the best opportunity for someone with both conditions to avoid a liver transplant.

At present, UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, private foundations like the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and national health authorities around the world are urgently trying to increase reliable and sustainable access to ART for children, who are relatively underrepresented among people living with HIV, in the hopes that they might lead normal lives and grow to be productive adults, like the remarkable young patients of Dr. Oleske's.


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