Why are people still dying of AIDS with the incredible meds available today?
Jan 29, 2005
This may sound like a stupid question, but why are people still dying of AIDS? I am 31, seroconverted two years ago. I chose to start treatment right away. I am excercising regularly, eating healthy (don't even remember when I had Mc'D's last) I have not skipped my dose once. My vl is undetectalbe and CD4 is 560-660. I think I am doing well, but when I hear of people still dying of AIDS I panic. I may not be the happiest person on earth, but I don't want to get to that. Are people just not taking as good care of themselves or is the infection so unpredictable that I may find myself there soon as well. I haven't told my parents 'cause they wouldn't really understand, but if that's the case I want to tell them before they have to come visit me in an hospital bed.
Response from Dr. Henry
Throughout the world the major reason why people are still dying is due to lack of access to effective antiretroviral medications-a shameful situation (estimated that > 90% of persons who should be on meds are not). In my practice setting (inner city public hospital), deaths in our HIV patients are infrequent are more commonly due to non-AIDS problems(accidents, suicides, drug overdose, cancer, hepatitis C, heart disease/diabetes). Our infrequent AIDS-related deaths are typically in patients who we have treated since before effective meds were available (thus resistance created), poorly compliant patients (often with drug abuse or mental health or homelessness), new patients presenting late, or patients who choose to deny themselves heathcare. Our deaths among patients treated since 1996 who take medications faithfully are very rare. We expect those patients to do well for a long time (still to be determined but likely measured in decades). KH
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Cold Feet After Anal Sex Top Sign Of HIV AIDS
- Flaky Skin After Vaginal Sex With Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Itchy Skin After Blowjob Sign Of HIV AIDS
- Painful Red Spots After Drinking Water Worried I Have HIV
- Swollen Lymph Glands After French Kissing Worried I Have HIV
- Can Flagyl Treat Vaginal Cysts?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.