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Preserving Sight

Here a patient with AIDS who has lost his sight in one eye. He travels to Louisiana from Florida for a new treatment. He is one of six patients with recurrent infection from the virus. Twenty-six others are also being followed with only the intravenous medication each day. He and the other six patients get injections with ganciclovir, an anti-viral drug which is effective in suppressing CMV retinitis. Notice that he is a very nice looking middle aged man. The patient reads an eye chart, the ophthalmologist looks in his eyes with a lens, and then he gets the injection. When the patient left the room I asked the nurse how she got beyond the fear of AIDS. She replied, "It is from a higher awareness of the disease and its transmission potential."

-May Lesser

Excerpt & image from: General Clinical Research Center. Booklet on Tulane-LSU-Charity Hospital, New Orleans, LA, 1996.

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