GUM clinic reports progress with HIV/AIDS patients

Guyana Chronicle
November 28, 2002

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PERSONS being treated for HIV/AIDS at the Genito Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinic of Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) have been responding favourably since the institution started using antiretroviral drugs to manage the disease, Acting Director, Dr Michael Ali said.

He told a recent National Aids Commission press conference, at Methodist Outreach Centre, High Street, Georgetown, that 123 patients have, so far, received treatment and their response has been excellent.

Ali said, before receiving the drugs and initial counseling, they also consented to being treated.

According to him, prior to getting such attention, the patients had complained of persistent fever, recurrent oral trush pruritis (itching), weight loss and frequent diarrhoea.

He said those symptoms were abated in most cases after they were treated and weight gain was evident as the persons reported feeling better.

Ali said side effects have been minimal and, even in the initiation phase, the drugs were well tolerated.

He said, with these developments, there would be need for at least one more doctor at the GUM clinic, because of the number of people being put on treatment.

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