Nov 10, 2003
What ways are post-AIDS care different from pre-AIDS care from a health care stand point?
Response from Dr. Conway
This represents a time when your immune system has become so weak that you are at risk of life-threatening opportunisitic infections at any time. In very general terms, there are three major issues:
1. If you haven't started on HAART yet, now is the time. There is no longer any rationale to wait. it is time to give your immune system a boost.
2. It is now time to start on prophylaxis for a number of conditions, which could include PCP, toxoplasmosis and MAC, among others. This should include secondary prophylaxis for any condition you have already had, such as severe, persistent thrush or cryptococcosis. Discuss these issues with your doctor.
3. Watch yourself...Report any ongoing symptoms, fevres or weight loss to your doctor. This may be an opportunistic infection or some other condition that requires urgent treatment.
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