Daphne Joseph, a registered nurse with more than two decades experience dealing with AIDS and other STIs, discusses adherence.
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Why is it important for HIV/AIDS patents to take their medications? Daphne Joseph:What I do is, as the adherence person, I try to get people to buy and to taking their medicines to help them to understand how important it is to keep the virus suppressed. We keep you suppressed, we can keep your CD count is kind of upto 100, we don't have to try to protect you against 00:21 that are out there. There is an infection called MAC, which is Mycobacterium Avium Infection, it mimics tuberculosis, a lot of out patients will get that if their CD counts are below 50. So if someone comes into us and their CD poor counts 50, we have to start them with Zithromax which is antibiotic to prevent the MAC, we start them, set for double strength once a day to prevent pneumonia and then we start them on the HIV meds. So you know, a lot of times we can get it above to 100 and we can stop those opportunistic infection medicine, the zithromax but until we do get that number above to 100, then we have to try to protect them, keep them from getting sick.
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