Patient discussion about terminal

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Q. I heard that HIV is no longer considered a terminal illness?!?

I saw a T.V. program about it and they said it’s a “chronic disease”. What does that means?? Is it true?
A1It’s true, it’s no longer considered terminal, but believe me, don’t throw away your condoms…the medication prolongs life and give you a chance to live but they are expensive and have nasty side effects. Enough to make you consider stop using them, and then the HIV comes back like nothing happened. Protect your self. It’s MUCH cheaper and wiser..
A2Well, it’s a bit confusing I know, but HIV considered a terminal disease and now a chronic one. It’s all thanks to a line of new medications that postpone the appearance of secondary illnesses associated with HIV. To understand that you have to remember that HIV doesn’t kill you but opportunist infections does. Now we have medications that can prolong the destruction of the immune system.
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