Chapter: Diseases of The Brain and Nervous System(A Health Education Guide): Infectious diseases of the brain

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Treatment of AIDS

The treatment of AIDS is usually long term and very expensive. Still the treatment, which can cure AIDS completely, has not yet been discovered.

Treatment :

The treatment of AIDS is usually long term and very expensive. Still the treatment, which can cure AIDS completely, has not yet been discovered. With the present medicines and the treatment it is only possible to stop the spread of the disease as well as improve the immune system (CD4 count) to some extent. As a result the quality of the patients life can be improved, the infectious diseases can be prevented and the patient can move around and can remain mentally sound.

The medicines available to kill the AIDS virus are very expensive. Many a times the doctors use a combination of three medicines whose average monthly expense is around Rs. 10,000/-. The irony is that in spite of this expenditure, the disease is neither completely cured nor controlled.

It is to be remembered that the infection of HIV is not the primary cause of death. The AIDS patient dies mainly because of the infections of microorganisms and infectious agents. Therefore, if the diagnosis of these organisms is done in an early stage and treated immediately these infections can be cured. However, treatment of AIDS is now more or less a separate medical sub-speciality and for all further details an AIDS specialist should be consulted.

In short, early diagnosis, appropriate treatment, a healthy lifestyle which prevents infections and infectious diseases, can improve the life and the quality of life of the patient of AIDS.


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