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Old 12-11-2011, 07:58 AM
 
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Nearly three out of four Americans living with HIV do not have their infection under control, according to a Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released in conjunction with World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. The low percentage comes from the fact that 1 in 5 people with HIV do not know they are infected and, of those who are aware, only 51 percent receive ongoing medical care and treatment.

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Old 12-11-2011, 08:24 AM
 
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Nearly three out of four Americans living with HIV do not have their infection under control, according to a Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released in conjunction with World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. The low percentage comes from the fact that 1 in 5 people with HIV do not know they are infected and, of those who are aware, only 51 percent receive ongoing medical care and treatment.

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Thanks for the article. It's really sad to hear that there are people out there who still don't realize how serious this is and are not getting tested and making potential partners get tested. In countries where there are less resources to contend with the disease, it's one thing. I suppose for the people that are infected and know it, it's hard to keep in under control. Last I heard, the cost of keeping HIV in check was pretty high so maybe that's part of the problem.
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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Last I heard, the cost of keeping HIV in check was pretty high so maybe that's part of the problem.
The cost of not keeping it in check is also quite high.
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Old 12-11-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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Nearly three out of four Americans living with HIV do not have their infection under control, according to a Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released in conjunction with World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. The low percentage comes from the fact that 1 in 5 people with HIV do not know they are infected and, of those who are aware, only 51 percent receive ongoing medical care and treatment.

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Medical treatment is very controversial. Its not just the cost that keeps people from taking the drugs.

While it is extremely expensive, many are covered by their insurance. From what I heard those who dont have insurance and are low income can sign up for free drugs through the adap program( I think thats what is called) Even if the program is out of funds which is the case in some states, the drug companies will donate the treatment drugs because they dont want the bad publicity and still want the huge profits they get from their overpriced pills covered by insurance companies

One of the reason some people dont take the drugs is the side effects. These drugs are very new and no long term studies are available. They cause liver damage among other things. Some just rather wait until their immune system drops to a certain level

I believe most people are good natured and would not infect other people if they know they have the virus. I think getting everybody tested is the right track but people should have a choice whether they want to start treatment early or not.
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Old 12-11-2011, 01:43 PM
 
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The cost of not keeping it in check is also quite high.
Yes...very high...especially if they're spreading it to unsuspecting partners....makes for a good reason to always use protection, unless of course you're fortunate enough to be in a long time monogamous relationship.
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Old 12-11-2011, 02:59 PM
 
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Medical treatment is very controversial. Its not just the cost that keeps people from taking the drugs.

While it is extremely expensive, many are covered by their insurance. From what I heard those who dont have insurance and are low income can sign up for free drugs through the adap program( I think thats what is called) Even if the program is out of funds which is the case in some states, the drug companies will donate the treatment drugs because they dont want the bad publicity and still want the huge profits they get from their overpriced pills covered by insurance companies

One of the reason some people dont take the drugs is the side effects. These drugs are very new and no long term studies are available. They cause liver damage among other things. Some just rather wait until their immune system drops to a certain level

I believe most people are good natured and would not infect other people if they know they have the virus. I think getting everybody tested is the right track but people should have a choice whether they want to start treatment early or not.
Its Adapt provided by major cities and your right their funds are low unless someone can be covered by this, Ryan White or insurance accept a pre-existing condition they will struggle in paying for the $2500 a month antiviral drugs that is needed.

Yes it does cause extra strain on liver but living a healthier lifestyle can ease the burden these drugs or any drugs that cause strain on the liver like avoiding alcohol and drinking more than daily recommendation of water.

The effects of not seeking treatment and waiting on immune system to get worse is not a good route to just save the liver instead your causing more harm to other body organs especially the brain.

HIV is only 5% of the blood so the rest is in body organs especially the brain with a weaker immune system your subjected to becoming sick with your white cells (T cells dropping)
You could be subjected in getting encephalopathy which weakens your motor skills and is a brain disease that can lead to dementia, pneumonia, and CMV virus of the eye.
CMV virus only spreads in those with weaken immune system and can lead to blindness if its not caught and HIV is not under control of antiviral medication.

As you can see not seeking treatment is not a better way to be than just waiting til immune system weakens to a possible deadly scenario.

If you have unprotected sex regardless your in monogamous relationship you should get tested and know your status.
With the infidelity that is high in this country plus the slow progression HIV shows symptoms you never know with out a doubt your partner or fling prior sex life was like.

Also these antiviral medications take discipline in dosage usage.
They need to be taken at same time and every day, no exceptions on skipping dosage or the HIV will build resistance to the drugs.

If you live in one of the darker orange or purple states you should know your status. Maps Based on Data from 2009 HIV Surveillance Report | Slide Sets | Statistics and Surveillance | Topics | CDC HIV/AIDS

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