As if the stigma of infection wasn't bad enough, people with HIV/AIDS have to worry about complications caused by the virus, opportunistic infections
, or even the medications used for treating HIV. This issue of HIV Treatment ALERTS!
includes a review of medical emergencies for the HIV-infected person. These are situations where that person's life might be in danger, and an emergency room visit might be necessary. It is not only important for the emergency room doctor to be aware of these issues, but also the patient. In addition, there is an article on strategies for regaining control of cholesterol and triglyceride levels. High blood fat levels are a problem for people with HIV/AIDS, especially those on certain medications like protease inhibitors. Finally, this issue's patient-doctor question and answer section covers some common dental questions. As always, the newsletter contains updates on treatment, useful phone numbers and Internet sites and other important information. Remember that words in bold
are explained in a section called "Definitions
Living with HIV is best approached day by day. Remember to laugh, love, and learn whenever possible.