'I'd Rather Have HIV Than Diabetes'

By haoleboy Latest Reply 2014-04-21 10:44:05 -0500
Started 2014-04-16 19:09:24 -0500

"As a doctor I can tell you that, medically speaking, I’d rather have HIV than diabetes. While this might sound shocking or surprising, the facts speak for themselves: the prognosis for those with type 2 diabetes is much worse than for those with HIV"read on: http://goo.gl/fDW6bQ

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Caroltoo 2014-04-20 19:13:08 -0500 Report

Seems to be comparing apples and oranges when he compares medically controlled HIV with type 2 diabetes which is NOT being treated. If anyone doesn't care for themselves with either of these serious diseases, it can be a disaster for them.

Type1Lou 2014-04-18 15:18:58 -0500 Report

Interesting article…but, I'm guessing the author has neither disease. There is a strong component of self-management in diabetes and, if we diabetics make the right decisions, we can generally control our condition…some, like Jayabee52, have been able to do it without medication. How many people with HIV can continue to live without medication?

jayabee52 2014-04-17 16:50:20 -0500 Report

Sorry Steve, not buying it!

Fascinating read, though, especially down in the weeds (comments section) where many of the folks posting there didn't agree with the original poster there as well. What nobody seemed to realize or mention is HIV/AIDS is a virus which has been know to mutate before and can undoubtedly mutate again and make the current drug cocktails used to hold the disease at bay of none or of diminishing effect.

I would definately prefer DMT2 over HIV/AIDS hands down. I'd rather have neither, as would most anyone one could ask.

God's best to you and yours

James .

lanykins 2014-04-21 10:44:05 -0500 Report

You are absolutely right, James. I have been watching my son for 15 yrs. battling HIV and once he got pneumonia, he now is full-blown AIDS. He just got out of the hospital 3 days ago where he was so sick with a high fever and pain. Now he is home on all his AIDS medication plus 4 antibiotics. He takes his meds and does all he is supposed to do and still live a life. It is very hard and he knows that someday he will die of this. I would much rather have diabetes and take all my insulin. I can live a life and still manage my diabetes. I don't have to live in dread of catching a cold or knowing I will die young of a dreadful disease. I also don't have to live hiding what I have because people will think terrible things of me and stay away from me. I love my son tremendously and admire his spirit. My diabetes seems like nothing compared to what he battles everyday.

haoleboy 2014-04-17 17:29:23 -0500 Report

No need to apologize to me. Having lost a very close friend to aids recently I actually found his position offensive.

MoeGig 2014-04-17 12:31:52 -0500 Report

I realize the author's a doctor, but I'm still not buying it. I've had first hand experience of a relative dying from Aids, and although it was a few years ago, I still would not choose that disease if I had a choice. (And, of course, you don't get to choose). Maybe diabetes requires a higher degree of discipline to stay healthy because you have to juggle food, insulin, and exercise…it's like a 3 way matrix whereas, maybe with HIV, it's all (mostly) meds so it's "easier" to live with. Guess I'll swap out my syringes more often now so I don't end up with both diseases. (I know, that was bad)

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-17 01:43:31 -0500 Report

Oh geeze; I really don't know how to respond to this discussion.
I read the article and it was interesting, but I think I am going to have to think long and hard on this one. If left untreated both scares the h-ell out of me. On one hand you can give someone HIV by having unprotected sex, sharing a used needle or getting accidentally stuck by one.
Diabetes is not transferable except by genetics. So far I am able to keep my blood sugars at bay most of the time, but I know that a lot of others can't. So I will just say for now 'Best Wishes' for all of us.

GabbyPA 2014-04-16 20:43:46 -0500 Report

When I read your title, I was shocked. Isn't it true that a type 2 diabetic might be in more control of what happens by choices made, where HIV is just on a course?

After reading the article, it was very enlightening and to be honest a little sad. I am one of those whose body has yet to find a treatment that really works for more than a few months. It scares me sometimes.

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