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Life-saving AIDS treatment comes with new considerations

Since AIDS first emerged as a named illness in the United States, awareness for patients has helped put the focus of life-saving research on finding a cure. Although there is not a treatment that will completely eliminate the illness, there are some treatment plans that have helped prolong the life of many cases that were considered terminal only about a decade ago.

Many of those who were diagnosed with the illness in time for these new treatments are thankful for the time that they have been given, but it doesn't mean that their road got easier. For one man, plans for the future aren't made because he currently is "too busy worrying about the next day and the next hour and the next meal and which pill" he has to take next. 

For one man, plans for the future aren't made because he currently is "too busy worrying about the next day and the next hour and the next meal and which pill" he has to take next. 

There are some 50,000 individuals in the United States that are currently living with the illness. Many of these patients have found new challenges as they enter into middle-age. For some, middle-age feels like retirement in terms of physical deterioration from the disease, including everything from constant fatigue to kidney failure and diabetes.

AIDS treatment that prolongs life by decades also comes at a high financial cost. Combined with the side effects of living with the disease, these individuals have a hard time bringing in the income that is necessary to support the life-saving treatment.

One way to make ends meet is to consult with an attorney about Social Security Disability benefits who can help. 

Source: The New York Times, "People Think It's Over" John Leland, June 1, 2013

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