Black Issues : Fears vs. Facts

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
E-newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:
POZ Focus

Back to home » HIV 101 » POZ Focus » Black Issues

Table of Contents

 
HIV Care in the Black Community

It's Our Community and It's Our Fight

Prevention And Testing: How To Talk With Patients

If A Patient Tests Positive

Common HIV-Care Myths Among Docs

Calling All Doctors

Fears vs. Facts

HIV DOCS SHARE TREATMENT SMARTS

Give and Get Support at www.POZ.com

Adhere To This

Resources For Non-HIV Docs

Resources For Your Patients

HIV Docs Share Treatment Smarts

HIV Medications and Pregnancy

 
What You're Talking About
Gay-on-Gay Shaming: The New HIV War (blog) (27 comments)

Desert Migration - Focus on aging with HIV/AIDS (16 comments)

Concerns on HIV/AIDS Health Care Gaps in ACA Rollout (9 comments)

'Undetectable' Is the New 'Negative'? (8 comments)

The Fury of the PrEP Debate and Facts to Win It (blog) (8 comments)

Woman Sues City of Dearborn for HIV Discrimination by Police (8 comments)
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


emailprint

Fears vs. Facts

Theresa Mack, MD, has a response for every patient misconception about life with HIV


HIV DRUGS KILL PEOPLE WITH HIV, NOT THE DISEASE ITSELF. “Years ago not much was known about treating HIV and you might have had to take 30 or more pills a day. Today’s meds can lower the level of virus to undetectable levels. Our simplest regimens can be as few as two pills per day. Even if patients can’t swallow pills, there are liquid formulations. However, the meds can have side effects, which doctors and patients must discuss.”

IF I TAKE THE MEDS, OTHER PEOPLE WILL KNOW I HAVE HIV. “With certain meds, patients can sometimes get fat accumulations in the abdomen, neck or around the jawline or fat wasting in the cheeks, arms or legs. I usually suggest a consultation with a nutritionist and regular exercise. If you have undesirable side effects, we can consider switching you to another medication to try to minimize them.”

IF I'M ON MEDS OR MY VIRAL LOAD IS UNDETECTABLE, I CAN'T GIVE IT TO ANYBODY. “Reaching an ‘undetectable’ HIV level means  that the virus is no longer in your bloodstream. But it can go into hiding in the lymph nodes, genital tract and other organs. You can still transmit it to someone else.”

I CAN'T HAVE A CHILD IF I'M HIV POSITIVE. “Because certain HIV meds can be taken safely during pregnancy (click here for a full list of those), mother-to-child transmission rates are as low as 1–2 %. Let’s say you’re already on treatment and become pregnant. If your meds are safe for pregnancy, we can continue treatment to term. If you’re not on treatment, we can initiate meds after the first trimester. And if your viral load rises above 1,000, a C-section can reduce transmission risk. If you’re a positive man, sperm-washing and other techniques can reduce the risk of transmission to mother



Scroll down to comment on this story.




Name:

(will display; 2-50 characters)

Email:

(will NOT display)

City:

(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The POZ team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules



Show comments (0 total)

 
[ Go to top ]

Join POZ Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV 101
HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ TV
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Women
African American
Latino
Providers
Job Listings
Events Calendar


    Hillcrester
    Ramona
    California


    koffeeboss
    Tucson
    Arizona


    Sexynyrican
    Brooklyn
    New York


    pozsmith1
    East Bay
    California
Click here to join POZ Personals!
Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Poll
Do you enjoy books with HIV-positive characters?
Yes
No

Survey
Mind Matters

more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.