January 2015 marks the 30th year of caring for patients with HIV/AIDS for Dr. Keith Henry of HCMC’s Positive Care Clinic. Since those early days he’s seen a dramatic change in treatment options and survival, including the introduction of highly effective – and often simple HIV medications – that can control HIV growth and generally prevent AIDS-related disease and death.
“These new medications, along with effective prevention and the development of multidisciplinary outpatient care teams have made a tremendous difference in the management and survival of patients with HIV,” explains Dr. Henry. “As a physician and researcher, seeing how these advances in HIV treatment and prevention have changed the lives of my patients is very rewarding,” says Dr. Henry. “The early years were very tough with many young people suffering a series of devastating complications of AIDS generally ending in their death. At times it was almost overwhelming.” Continue reading “Dr. Keith Henry: 30 years of HIV/AIDS care”→
Nationally recognized HCMC physician on DHHS advisory panel
The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents (A working group of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health) has updated its recommendations for treatment of HIV/AIDS.
HCMC’s Keith Henry, MD is a nationally recognized leader in HIV research and a member of the DHHS Guidelines Panel. “Two key elements of the updated guidelines are a recommendation to treat all HIV-infected persons and the benefit of treatment for preventing transmission of the disease,” explains Dr. Henry. “The Positive Care Center of HCMC endorses the new DHHS HIV Treatment Guidelines and is very engaged in the development and evaluation of numerous promising new drugs to treat HIV, including several new, one-pill-a-day treatment options.”
The recommendations include encouraging persons at risk for HIV infection to get tested for HIV, and those who have never been treated are encouraged to discuss treatment with their physicians. Never treated and/or newly diagnosed HIV positive persons interested in HIV treatment research are encouraged to call HCMC at 612-873-7678 for details about how they may be eligible for treatment provided at no cost or minimal cost to patients.
The Positive Care Center at HCMC is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team committed to providing quality, comprehensive health and psychosocial services to those infected with HIV. The program provides education, serves as a community and family resource, and contributes to the advancement of HIV-related knowledge. For more information or to schedule an appointment at the Positive Care Center call 612-873-2700.