Department of Disease Control: Importance of Continuing Antiretroviral Treatment for HIV Patients

2023-11-29 10:30:25

Department of Disease Control recommends that people infected with HIV You should continue taking antiretroviral drugs. Resulting in suppressing the virus. Warning if you stop taking medicine Risk of opportunistic infectious diseases and risk of severe symptoms if infected with smallpox

Today (28 November 2023) Dr. Thongchai Keerati Hatthayakorn Acting Director-General of the Department of Disease Control Said that in Thailand there are approximately 500,000 people who know their HIV infection status, have received antiretroviral treatment for approximately 457,000 people (90 percent), and have successfully suppressed their viral load for approximately 445,000 people (97 percent). Many people are infected with HIV. both knowing their HIV status and not knowing their HIV status Not logged in for treatment and treatment is not continuous Resulting in the risk of opportunistic infectious diseases. Risk of severe symptoms if infected with smallpox.

Dr. Thongchai added that Thailand uses antiretroviral drugs as the mainstay of HIV treatment. It has the best results in controlling HIV. It has few side effects and is easy to take. The drug will inhibit the division and multiplication of HIV. If the infected person takes medicine on time every day, continuously and regularly, the virus will be reduced to a level where the blood test cannot detect HIV. and cannot transmit the infection to others HIV was not detected by the test. This means that antiretroviral drugs have suppressed HIV until very little remains. But HIV still hides in various places throughout the body, such as in the brain, lymph nodes, or intestines, etc. Therefore, if a person is infected with HIV Not taking or stopping taking antiretroviral medicines May cause the number of HIV infections to increase. decreased immunity There is a risk of opportunistic infectious diseases. and risk severe symptoms if exposed to various germs into the body, especially smallpox, which at this time is still finding people infected with smallpox continuing to increase. By the risk when infected with HIV with a CD4 white blood cell count lower than 200 cells/cubic mm. infected with smallpox. There will be a death rate of approximately 15 percent.

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Therefore, there is advice for people living with HIV. Take antiretroviral medication continuously Don’t stop taking your medicine yourself. And don’t be fooled by advertisements that claim dietary supplements cure HIV infection. Because there is still no medical evidence to confirm Ready to recommend if you have been diagnosed with HIV and have not yet received antiretroviral treatment. Hurry and receive treatment immediately. Free treatment with all treatment rights. To have a level of CD4 immune cells exceeding 200 cells/cubic mm, which will be sufficient to prevent illness from opportunistic diseases. In addition, it is recommended to use condoms every time you have sex, with everyone, through every channel, in order to Prevent HIV infection sexually transmitted diseases Hepatitis B and C, including avoiding close skin-to-skin contact with people who have rashes, bumps, or pus, and not sharing personal items with others To prevent infection with smallpox

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