Thursday, October 15, 2009

Dr. Klimas on HIV versus CFS

Dr. Klimas:
My H.I.V. patients for the most part are hale and hearty thanks to three decades of intense and excellent research and billions of dollars invested. Many of my C.F.S. patients, on the other hand, are terribly ill and unable to work or participate in the care of their families.
I split my clinical time between the two illnesses, and I can tell you if I had to choose between the two illnesses (in 2009) I would rather have H.I.V.
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This meshes with the Congressional testimony of Dr. Mark Loveless, an infectious disease specialist and head of the CFS and AIDS Clinic at Oregon Health Sciences University, who proclaimed that a CFIDS patient "feels every day significantly the same as an AIDS patient feels two months before death."

And I agree with Dr. Klimas -- I'd rather have HIV -- at least those patients get respect for what they accomplish, rather than constantly being called lazy and bullied about attempting the things they physically cannot do.

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