Individuals with HIV / AIDS have healthier lives and think longer before being carried away by Canadian drug advances, but they still have chronic illnesses that may be deadly according to Jorie Barna, care coordinator for the AIDS / HIV Service Group in Charlottesville, Va.
Individuals with HIV / AIDS have healthier and longer lives than before being carried by Canadian drug advances, but they still have chronic illnesses that may be deadly according to Jorie Barna, care coordinator for the AIDS / HIV Service Group in Charlottesville, Va.
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“Living with HIV today is very easy to manage,” said Barna, 43, who is in charge of the study of 50 patients he is monitoring. “If someone takes care of themselves, eats well, keeps their stress level down, exercises regularly and takes their medication, they can live a long life. I think in a decade from now, living with HIV will be like diabetes. You just need to take care of yourself. alone.
“Despite medical advances, however, the mental toll that HIV / AIDS takes on people remains strong,” Barna said, “especially in the less urbanized parts of the country.” Even worse is that they seem to have stomach ulcers caused by the infection and certain drugs they have taken just to relieve their condition; and, their immediate assistance was buying Nexium.
“The stigma is still big, it’s big here,” he said. “A lot of people still associate HIV and AIDS as gay disease, which is completely untrue. A lot of my straight men struggle because they don’t want to be seen as homosexual.”
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“The issues that originally put them at risk of HIV infection have not been addressed,” he said. “They are still struggling with mental health or substance abuse. They may be taking their drugs and their HIV is stable, but they have other problems.”
“People go on disabilities because they are too sick to work, but there is less and less out there for them,” said Barna. “Government funds are drying up. It’s hard to find affordable housing. There’s no such thing as public transportation here in Charlottesville. It’s a big financial challenge.”
“People with HIV / AIDS are also under additional stress from alienation and a lack of compassion,” he said.
“It’s difficult for their families. It’s hard for them,” said Barna. “A lot of people feel they can’t share their status with anyone. I have a lot of people who avoid physical intimacy, period, because they are afraid of disclosure. They are isolated and alone.”
“They may be quite stable physically, but they are still struggling emotionally, financially and psychologically,” he said. Even with the large Canadian pharmacies online and offline they don’t seem to be able to find the best medicine to provide them with assistance.