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How Can Cam Be Used In The Management Of Chronic Hiv Disease

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Posted by bradford, 1 Reply
HIV/AIDS and CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) by Bradford McIntyre

Initially, there were no drugs available to treat HIV/AIDS, but substantial numbers of infected individuals collaborated, shared experiences and found an alternative way.... Read more »

Chronic Disease ?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Hello All,
I'm a 44 year young male, + for 5 yrs now. Still on the same meds the whole time (combivir/sustiva) though I will switch soon due to lipoatrophy coming on.
My Doc says this is viewed as a chronic condition now. Is he somewhat jiving me?... Read more »

Manager, Health Programs (HIV/AIDS)

Posted by hresources
Founded in 1909 by W.E.B. DuBois and others, the NAACP is the nations oldest nonprofit civil rights organization. With its long history and deep rootsover 2000 local branches, youth and college chapters, and prison chapters in 50 states and... Read more »

HIV negatives with chronic symptoms-how are you doing?

Posted by Sherezade, 2 Replies
Hi all,

I wanted to know how you guys HIV negatives with chronic symptoms are doing. For my part, I'm getting better (very slowly) but finally improving with Cymbalta 60 mg once daily. Still I have some symptoms but at least I could go and make a... Read more »

Recovery Technician/Substitute Manager, Ohio

Posted by Anonymous
Recovery Technician/Substitute Manager:
Part-time position working in a residential setting for people with HIV/AIDS. This position entails being able to work in two facilities, one being focused on treatment of Substance Abuse with... Read more »
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chronic manageable disease

Dr. Frascino,I keep hearing that hiv is now a chronic manageable disease. My question is: Is it really? Whenever I read literature it always says if you keep your viral load down. But what if you can't keep it down? What if none of the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Jason,I addressed this topic in one of my blogs for this site: "A Chronic, Not Always So Manageable, Condition." I'll repost it below.Dr. BobA Chronic, Not Always So Manageable, ConditionBy Bob Frascino, M.D. February 16,... Read more »

Manageable Chronic Disease?

Hi there Dr. Young. I just recently had a visit with my ophthamologist. HIV came up in the conversation and he mentioned that at this time it is still premature to refer to HIV as a manageable chronic disease. Although, he did mention that HAART has...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.I don't think that there's considerable differences here, only what comprises sufficient basis for calling this a manageable chronic disease. Some might want decades of experience to make this statement, others, like... Read more »


I think the p.c. word is morbidity . I recently had an argument with one of the very few friends iv disclosed to who stated , "people don't die from aids anymore". For whatever reason after 4 years despite three meds ( kaletra,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Pillboy,Morbidity means illness. Mortality refers to pushing up daisies.Your friend is woefully misinformed. HIV/AIDS is a slowly progressive disease that does not have a cure. That makes it a terminal (fatal) condition. Yes, we have made... Read more »

Re: Manageable chronic disease

Dear Dr. Young,I appreciate your candor and honesty it is rare.I too was told by my ID Dr this is a chronic disease like diabetes. My theory however is that perhaps it is for those who start out with high cd4, are non symptomatic. They would live...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
I'm with your ID doc. Even for persons who are initially diagnosed with symptomatic disease and low CD4 count, I believe that the prognosis can be excellent. This requires that the patient receives good medical care and has access to... Read more »

For Me, HIV/AIDS Is Not a Chronic, Manageable Disease

ScotCharles I am not a researcher -- I can only speak from my own experience -- but far too many people mistakenly believe that HIV no longer causes chronic illness because of the potent anti-retrovirals available. Over the last five years in... Read more »
U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Are You Considering Using CAM?

Introduction Key Points Questions and Answers For More Information Introduction Decisions about your health care are important--including decisions about whether to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The National Center... Read more »
Black AIDS Institute

Living Longer With HIV/AIDS Includes Developing Chronic Diseases

David Brown, 45, has been beating the odds for 20 years. Diagnosed with HIV in 1990, when he was 25, he had seen many of his friends and one partner lose the battle against AIDS. "I knew that it was a death sentence for me too," Brown says. But... Read more »
Brown Medical School

Managing Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Jails

Introduction Epidemiology Difficulties Diagnosing and Treating STDs in Jails Diagnosis of STDs Treatment Conclusion References Introduction Correctional environments are increasingly being recognized as settings in which society's... Read more »