HIV disease is now regarded more as a chronic—albeit still life-threatening—illness, rather than as the death sentence it once was. With the advent of antiretroviral medications in 1996, and the continuing expansion and improvement of HIV treatment and medication options, the numbers of those living with HIV continue to rise, while those deaths associated with AIDS continue to fall, for many groups.
Navigating the Health care system and absorbing the vast amount of Health information out there can be daunting. I sometimes get confused doing things like reading my “Explanation of Benefits” from my Health insurance provider, helping my dad with his prescriptions, calculating calories, and reading Health articles online—and I work in the Health field!
Mental illness in the African American community is often times misunderstood, ignored, or stigmatized. The rates of mental illness in the African American community are similar to those of the general population. However, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, the African American community is underserved by the nation’s mental Health system.
A friend of mine in White River Junction, Vermont, forwarded me an e-Health alert about the importance of recognizing the symptoms of stroke and acting quickly on that information. It was one of those unsolicited, forward-it-to-10-other-people emails that make sense if you’re passionate about the subject. For personal and professional reasons, I want to pass it on.