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The Basics

By Daniel Tietz

Winter 2006/2007

Since the advent ten years ago of the life-extending treatments known as HAART, many of us have focused on the myriad of issues that have arisen from vast numbers of people living longer with HIV. We have been working toward the goal of making HIV disease a more manageable, long-term condition and improving people's quality of life. ACRIA in particular has worked to identify and bring to popular attention, including the attention of elected and public officials, the challenges faced by people living with HIV disease and the new physical, mental and social problems that come with getting older.

We must not forget, however, that every day people are getting diagnosed for the first time. Most of them, particularly those who are younger than the epidemic itself, are unaware of the latest developments in HIV care. They don't know about the new treatments. They don't know that there are resources available, or where to find them. They don't know what questions to ask their healthcare providers. Many of them are afraid of being stigmatized because of their HIV infection. Many of them think they are going to die.

We offer this brief guide to help those who are recently infected get the vital information they need on HIV treatment, understanding the course of their disease, selecting a primary care provider, accessing HIV-related health coverage in New York and what it means to join an clinical trial. We also offer a state-by-state key to AIDS Drug Assistance Programs across the country and a summary of new trainings offered by ACRIA via the AIDS Institute's Regional Training Centers program. We hope this is helpful and would love to know what you think of this Update or any of ACRIA's publications. Please email us at info@acria.org and give us your thoughts!

Daniel Tietz is Editor-in-Chief of ACRIA Update.


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