Learning more about
HIV infection and how to care for yourself will allow
you to actively share in your health care decisions. Most doctors
who treat people with this disease believe that those who are well-informed are
better able to fully take part in their medical care decisions.
You will feel more in control of your life if you understand:
Many people think of HIV as a young person's disease, but it's not. "By 2015, half of all people with HIV will be 50 or older," says Brad Hare, MD, director of the HIV/AIDS clinic at San Francisco General Hospital. This greying of the HIV population shows how well today’s HIV treatments can work.
HIV makes aging itself more complicated. But plenty of people have had HIV for years, even decades, and are doing well.
"These days, we fully expect that someone with HIV will live a long, healthy life,"...
watch for that may mean an opportunistic infection is
Treatment to control opportunistic
Self-care to prevent infections.
changes that may promote health.
Knowledge about HIV infection is changing rapidly. Ask your health
professional about how and where you can get additional information, or contact
one of the organizations listed in the Other Places to Get Help section of the
topic Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection. Discuss any questions you
have with your doctor.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
April 8, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 08, 2010
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