The furor over the HIV/AIDs epidemic has subsided in some countries simply because the infection rate has been reduced and improved treatment has led to patients living for years with the disease. This sense of relief by those in wealthier nations must not obscure the harsh reality of the devastation the disease is still causing in poorer nations. Also, the lessening sense of urgency in some countries may cause the residents to become less vigilant, resulting in a return to higher infection rates.
A great number of HIV AIDS treatment programs exist to offer education and medical services. One of the largest is the United States’ Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, administered by the HAB. This program works with communities, cities, and states to help them provide comprehensive care to patients who lack the financial resources to pay for the treatment themselves.
In recent years, healthcare centers have taken on an important role in HIV/AIDS treatment. They embrace more of a community-centered approach, with services aimed at caring for the whole patient and not at just their medical treatment needs. Emotional support is essential, since, despite recent advances, the disease can still be overwhelming. The medication can produce serious side effects, and society still fosters prejudice against HIV/AIDs sufferers. At home care assistance is sometimes necessary, and the centers can help with those needs. They also advise their patients on government programs that can help them pay their bills for basic living expenses.
A patient-friendly home environment is also part of many clinics’ current approach. Some infected patients have physical limitations and need home care. They also need their residence set up to accommodate their special needs. Training for caregivers is part of the package and offers long-term help to patients and their families. The goal is to help people live a fulfilling life with HIV/AIDS and not just survive it.
These large organizations also devote a portion of their funding for research and new approaches to treatment. Continued research funding is crucial to treating the disease, but researchers are also on the hunt for a real cure. Current medications can leave some patients with no detectable viral load in their systems, but they are still infected. The goal is to find treatment that will completely rid the body of the virus.