So many components of healing include finding the right source and trusting in their guidance. The Internet can be a pool of misinformation, assumptions, blatant disregard, and misguided attempts at helping. This applies across the board, through all ailments and diseases. No one has all the answers, but many perpetuate simply wrong information.
No areas of treatment and care are as misguided as HIV/AIDS, or so it seems. The staff of Lahey Hospital has helped patients fight against preconceived notions and unfair and untrue statements about a very stressful and often alienating disease. These notions will include the designation of a death sentence or the attachment of symptoms.
The lack of a fighting chance
The term “death sentence” is tossed around loosely in regards to HIV/AIDS. In the United States, it is a manageable illness. There are many people living longer lives with the disease as they continue their medication. The staff at Lahey walk patients through all the aspects of taking the medication, including side-effects, cost, the length of taking it, and how often. Not only do patients have a fighting chance, but they can live prosperous lives.
There are obvious symptoms- and people can tell
Symptoms are rare, if ever present at all. Some people have symptoms after a few weeks that go away and others may not display symptoms until a decade later where the illness has manifested. Any indication that a person has HIV/AIDS will come from their own confidence, demeanor, and attitude. Yes, it is incredibly challenging. But, isolation in this matter comes internally, not externally, in how one looks.
Lahey Hospital has worked tirelessly with an incredible staff to fight misconceptions. The team seeks to inform patients about the truth of what they are facing and not the exaggerated form it can take after reading views online. Without the noise of the Internet and the chatter of people who are misinformed, the staff have illuminated lives and given patients a new lease on their life. Interested readers can read more on Lahey Hospital Facebook. Social media can be a place of misinformation, but it can also be a place to discover real sources of help and assistance in a community.