How Have Advances in Treatments Changed Attitudes Towards HIV?

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The attitude has changed significantly because if you could imagine I would go to my office in the morning see patients, at lunch I would go to the hospital everyday, come back. I don't go to the hospital anymore, HIV is not an inpatient disease anymore it's an outpatient disease, it's chronic and so you don't have to go into AID's wards anymore, I mean they don't even exist anymore realistically I think that evolved plus the advances in HIV treatment have changed dramatically.

Right now you can tell somebody who is HIV positive that they will more than likely go on a regiment that is one pill once a day. When I first started we were telling people they had to take 18 pills a day or more with other medications because we had all these are the diseases called an opportunistic infections like PCP and coposi sercoma and CMB late nigher, we don't really see those anymore and so that made it to have to be treated for those, and HIV treatments have evolved so much that you could just take one pill once a day so it is not so bad storing that in your medicine cabinet or travelling with it or worrying that you have refrigerate it, so how it's evolved in the way we treat, has also evolve in a way we see it in our consciousnesses, I think most of people see it as a manageable disease now with that comes another problem, the younger generation sees it as a manageable disease and they're a lot of organizations that deal with HIV is no big deal.

And still you have to remember that even though it is a chronic treatable disease, it is a disease. So I usually ask patients, would you chose to be diabetic if you didn't have to. So still do all you can to prevent yourself from contracting HIV, but at the same time, if you're HIV, there are great treatments.