HIV/AIDS

Coastal Wellness Centers -  - Medical Cannabis Physician

Coastal Wellness Centers

Medical Cannabis Physicians located in Ormond Beach, FL & Orange City, FL

Although there’s no cure for HIV/AIDS, today’s antiretroviral drugs control your disease so you can live a long, fulfilling life. Expert physicians Joseph Rosado, MD, Kathryne Gunn, DO, Alyn L. Benezette, DO, and the team at Coastal Wellness Centers in Ormond Beach and DeLand, Florida, recommend medical cannabis to control symptoms and the side effects of antiretroviral drugs. Medical cannabis helps HIV/AIDS patients eat better, sleep better, and live a pain-free life. If you’re battling the symptoms and side effects of HIV/AIDS, call today or use the online contact form.

HIV/AIDS Q & A

 

What is HIV/AIDS?

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a pathogen that damages your immune system, harming your ability to fight off disease-causing organisms. Without treatment, an HIV infection progresses to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is a potentially life-threatening condition.

Though HIV/AIDS was nearly always fatal when it was first described in 1981 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most women and men who are now diagnosed with HIV control their disease with antiretroviral drugs. They can live happy, productive lives for many decades with HIV/AIDs when they take antiretroviral drugs.

 

How do antiretroviral drugs control HIV/AIDS?

The antiretroviral drugs can’t cure AIDS and don’t actually kill the HIV. Instead, they interfere with the virus’s growth cycle and inhibit it from reproducing. The USDA has approved 39 different antiretroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS. 

Many doctors prescribe combination therapies using more than one type of antiretroviral. Since HIV is a living virus, it frequently mutates, especially in response to drugs. Combination therapy of several antiretroviral drugs increases the chances of targeting each type of HIV mutation your body deals with. Combining drugs also seems to reduce the incidence of drug side effects, as well as the symptoms of HIV infection.

However, patients with HIV often struggle with chronic nausea and vomiting that interferes with their ability to take in enough nutrition to stay healthy and strong. Both the virus itself and the combination of drugs used to treat it can cause symptoms that impair your quality of life. 

 

How does medical cannabis help with HIV/AIDS?

Medical cannabis relieves symptoms from HIV/AIDS and medications, such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Nerve pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Depression and anxiety

If you’re struggling with the symptoms of HIV/AIDS or side effects from antiretroviral drugs, contact Coastal Wellness Centers today by phone or online form.