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How do I support someone starting the HIV "cocktail" drugs?

By Anonymous February 2, 2015 - 12:38pm
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Dear Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question about the AIDS Cocktail therapy and how to support someone undergoing therapy.

The ongoing successes of the “AIDS Cocktail” has brought a sense of renewed hope about not only the longevity of an HIV-infected person’s life, but about his or her overall quality of life.

In 1995, the combination treatment known as the “AIDS Cocktail” was introduced to patients infected with HIV/AIDS. This type of therapy has often been referred to as highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). However, it may also be called combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), or simply antiretroviral therapy (ART). No matter its name, dramatic improvements have been seen among patients receiving combination treatments since they were initiated.

Some people with HIV might feel alone, isolated, and frightened at times. More than anything, they need good friends to lean on and trust.

It's important to reassure your friend that you will not break that trust by telling others. Don't be afraid to ask your friend questions. Your interest and support can help your friend feel less self-conscious or less embarrassed. If your friend doesn't feel like talking, don't push it. Do some online research, but remember to be patient and let them come to you.

I know it's not easy accepting that your friend is sick. The best thing is to be there for them when they need you. If you are emotionally overwhelmed, it's not a bad idea for you to talk to a therapist about your own emotions so that you don't transpose your emotions on your loved one.

Anon, did this help?



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