Being diagnosed as HIV positive is no longer the death sentence it was 20 years ago, IF you have proper treatment and access to the latest drugs.
It is a shocking thing to hear from the doctor who treated Robb for AIDS, but in the second part of Emily Scarlett’s series updating Robb’s Life 20 years later, Dr. Louis Katz discusses changes in the treatment of HIV since Robb was diagnosed in the Eighties and developed full-blown AIDS in 1994.
“It’s a treatable infection,” Robb’s doctor, Dr. Louis M. Katz, says in this report.
It is surprising for me to hear this, considering that at the time we did Robb’s Life there was no effective treatment that could have extended his life.
My fear is that people will now think there is nothing to fear, but who wants to contract an illness that depends upon access to expensive drugs for the rest of their life? In the past few years, I have become dependent on heart medication and it is not something I recommend. Imagine being 25 and realizing you will be on medication for the rest of your life to prevent your death? It is still a life-altering diagnosis. In many parts of the world, access to drugs is still difficult or impossible. For these reasons, the prevention message is still important.
These are interesting issues to consider as you watch Part 2 of Emily’s series Robb’s Life 20 Years Later — click this link to watch.
There are still homeless HIV and AIDS clients due to the fear and ignorance surrounding this disease. The DeLaCerda House provides shelter and support. Please keep Robb’s legacy alive and donate by going to www.delacerdahouseinc.org and clicking the “Donate” button on the right side of the screen.