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HIV and Hip Replacements
      #24396 - 11/09/01 03:01 AM

I've been positive for about 13 years now, but under treatment only for 3 1/2 years. My viral load is undetectable on the ultrasensitive test, and my CD4 count is 957... I am in great shape regarding my HIV... My problem is that due to causes unclear (maybe steroids used when I had pneumonia, or Protease Inhibitors use), I developed Avascular Necrosis of hips, knees and shoulders. The pain is unbelievable, and my only hope of relief and improvement is having those joints replaced. Personally, all I want to do is replace my hips and manage the other ones with physical therapy, but I've had no luck in finding a surgeon who will accept me as a patient and operate on me. Even though I am in no immediate risk and they couldn't ask for a positoid patient in better shape, they all refuse me in fear of getting infected during the surgery. Of course they don't say that... they say that they refuse me because they don't have enough experience treating "people like me" (what is that supposed to mean anyway?!?!). Presently I am in Michigan, in the Kalamazoo area, and would appreciate any and all help finding an orthopedic surgeon who still believes in practicing medicine (one of those who did the Hippocratic Oath and not the hypocritical one!) and who would take me as a patient and replace my hips so I can experience some relief. Please post any information here, or e-mail me at
Thank you all for your help!!!

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