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Meds side effects got you down?

With the powerful anti-HIV treatments emerging since 1996, HIV-positive people are living longer and with dramatically improved quality of life. That's great! But sometimes overlooked is the price that many HIVers have to pay in side effects from their "drug cocktails." Some effects are short-term, like diarrhea, muscle aches, and sleep disturbances. Others are long-term and potentially more medically dangerous: diabetes, bone damage, lipodystrophy, and other metabolic disorders.

On Tuesday, Sept. 28, AIDS Services of Austin's "Dining With the Doctor" program will offer some explanation about those pesky impacts – and how to manage them, so they don't disrupt a patient's life. Our guest doc will be Dr. Enrique Perez from San Antonio.

Dr. Perez is one of the most respected HIV-treating physicians in San Antonio, with patients from all walks of life both in private practice and through public clinics. He also teaches at the University of Texas Health Science Center as a member of the infectious disease faculty.

An engaging and good-humored presenter, Dr. Perez is bilingual and relates easily with folks of varied cultures. The presentation will be given in English, but simultaneous translation will be provided for Spanish-monolingual attendees.

Dinner with Dr. Perez will be at 6pm on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at ASA, 7215 Cameron Rd. (just north of St. Johns). The evening is free, thanks to the generous sponsorship of pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer/Agouron. Seating is limited, so let us save you a place: To RSVP, call 458-AIDS (458-2437) or e-mail sandy.bartlett@asaustin.org.

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