This is the story of Fred
Fred has recently been diagnosed with HIV. Homecare has been a precious help at the beginning of his sickness.
Everything started a few month back when suddenly Fred has been taken by regular tummy discomforts, which rapidly became daily diarrheas. Over the weeks, Fred’s body weakened and his health declined fast.
Doctors did a number of analyses but did not think at first of HIV since Fred has always cautious with his health and got tested regularly. Indeed his last HIV test had been done about 3 months before the tummy symptoms appeared.
To be sure that they did not miss anything, doctors ran another HIV test, which came back positive. Fred was devastated. He always had protective sex, except once for an oral sex encounter. His Specialist doctor explained that he unfortunately got a very virulent strain of HIV and had start him right away on a tri therapy.
At beginning of his treatment, Fred was very prone to the nasty side effects of his pills cocktail. His body remained weak for weeks before getting better. During this episode, Fred caught a nasty lung infection that literally brought him to the hospital for a few weeks. He eventually came out but so weak that he could not take care of himself at home alone.
Fred’s recent seroconversion is still a secret to his family and his friends. He could therefore not call for help. To learn how to live with his chronic disease takes time and society can be tough. He was not ready to reveal his sickness to anyone yet. He had difficulty adapting to his new condition and today, after 9 months, he is still in the process of accepting his current situation.
So, coming out of the hospital and more than ever alone, he decided to call for outside help in order to go back home peacefully and safely. He managed to get a nurse 2 hours in the morning for a couple of weeks, and a caregiver to help him for 2 hours in the evening. This would last just the time required to be back on track.
In Fred’s case, cost was not an issue. Thank sto his generous insurance corporate plan, he is covered for homecare services. He found online a solution that was discreet, fast and easy to organize. He got better everyday helped and monitored..
In fact, because the Healthcare Industry did real progresses in the management of HIV, Homecare services are less used nowadays. But it is an effective solution bringing comfort to everyone involved in a care process and it remains at home in extreme situations or in palliative circumstances.
Do not hesitate to google websites such as aids.org or avert.org to find out more on programs, therapies and prevention methods. Do not be afraid to get tested and encourage everyone to take the test regularly in order to protect everyone.
If Fred occasional partner had known his status, Fred would still be healthy today. And, even if the condition of life of patients has improved tremendously lately, HIV remains a chronic disease for which the only known effective solution is to use condoms and have protective sex.