HIV/AIDS testing and Treatment
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a sexually transmitted virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or as it is better known, AIDS. This is a blood-borne virus and can also be transmitted through open sores. Infected mothers can pass HIV to their unborn child during pregnancy or labor. Babies can also be infected while nursing.
HIV does not immediately weaken your immune system. It can take years before it develops into life-threatening AIDS. This incurable disease can be held in check, and its progress slowed by medications.
Treatment for HIV/AIDS involves a lifelong regimen of medications to control the virus. This type of treatment is called antiretroviral therapy, or ART. A variety of classes of drugs block the virus in different ways. Because one type of drug can lead to the virus becoming resistant, patients are usually prescribed three different drugs for two different classes. This protocol is recommended for everyone with HIV infection.
Dr. Michael has the expertise to diagnose and treat HIV/AIDS. Treatment for this disease can be involved and requires regular visits to monitor your condition and the effectiveness of the treatment. Medications have side effects, some of which can be unpleasant.
Living With HIV/AIDS
A diagnosis of HIV/AIDS no longer has the stigma of being an immediately terminal illness, though it is still a very serious and incurable disease. Proper self-care, along with diligence in taking your medications will make the disease manageable.
It is crucial to inform sex partners that you have the disease if you test positive for HIV/AIDS. Early treatment usually means a more positive prognosis for most individuals. You may need to make a few lifestyle changes to minimize your exposure to circumstances that could negatively impact your health.
A diagnosis of HIV/AIDS can be devastating; however, there are a wide variety of resources and services in place to help those living with this disease. Counselors, social workers and nurses are available for help and support. Dr. Michael and his team will help you find the resources and support you need. Schedule your appointment today for HIV/AIDS testing.