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Journal of the Korean Medical Association 2003;46(7):629-635.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2003.46.7.629   
Comprehensive Health Care in HIV Infected Patients
Moon Won Kang, Seoung Heon Wie
1Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Catholic University of Korea, College of Medicine, Kangnam St. Mary's Hospital, Korea. infect@catholic.ac.kr
2Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Catholic University of Korea, College of Medicine, St. Vincent's Hospital, Korea. wiesh@chollian.net
Abstract
HIV infections have become chronic conditions requiring ongoing medical care after the introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy, and people with HIV infections need more extensive and complex health care for healthy and productive lives. Therefore, AIDS care strategies should be comprehensive, extending far beyond drugs and medical care. Comprehensive health care means a wide range of services including psychological counseling, emotional support, financial support, nutritional interventions, maintenance of weight, dental service, and many other specific actions. Hospice workers, social workers and volunteers should provide essential education on HIV transmission and prevention, dispelling prejudice and fears. Cooperation and collaboration among all experts involved in the treatment against AIDS is essential to the success of practical approaches to preventing and treating HIV infections. All these activities improve not only the physical condition of patients but also their emotional state and quality of life, allowing them to live with dignity and self-respect.
Key Words: AIDS, HIV, Comprehensive, Health care
 


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