A cure within our grasp?
The HIV virus must be directly targeted in order to produce the most effective treatment for AIDS, with new innovative drugs being developed which aim to destroy HIV and prevent replication. Clinical trials are being undertaken of drugs which aim to restimulate the damaged immune system or prevent viral replication. Interferon (alpha) prevents new virion particles from being released from infected cells. Viral load testing has become a vital factor in laboratory testing.
Publication Name: Nursing Times
Death with dignity: right or privilege? Who decides?
Issues confronting health care providers dealing with terminally ill patients are described. A man dying of AIDS requested withdrawal of drugs that prolonged his life. His doctor agreed to this choice and promised to administer morphine to relieve his pain. When the man's doctor was unavailable, a second physician unfamiliar with the case refused to increase pain medication. Health care providers should respect their patients' wishes during terminal illness.
Publication Name: Physician Assistant
HIV soaring in former Soviet republics, Eastern Europe
A group of 12 former Soviet republics showed that the regions have fast-growing rates of new infections other than the comprehensive profile of HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe. The United Nations Development Program's report offers HIV/AIDS profiles of 28 countries and also outlines the importance of human rights in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Publication Name: The Nation's Health
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