There are some of us who frequently feel sick. We get all sorts of symptoms, and can’t help thinking of the worst diagnoses. Frequent trips to the doctor all turn a blank. Nothing to find on getting examined, and all tests always turn out normal. Sounds familiar? It’s called health anxiety, or if you want a more scientific term, hypochondriasis.
Modern treatment of HIV means that those affected can anticipate a normal life expectancy. Young couples with HIV however have unique reproductive challenges. There are concerns about disease transmission to the uninfected partner, or to the unborn child. There are other concerns about the effect of HIV and its treatment on reproduction capacity. These matters raise a lot of anxiety when those affected with HIV start contemplating conception.
Have you ever been admitted into a hospital? How long did you stay? Did you sit back to consider if the length of stay was justified? Most people dutifully occupy hospital beds for as long as advised by their clinicians. But it is increasingly recognized that prolonged hospital stays are never good for anyone. Ironically, empty hospital beds aren’t ever any good for the health facilities’ bottom lines.
If you have interacted with healthcare long enough, you probably have witnessed lots of frustrations over time. Some health facilities have bureaucratic processes that can drive you up the wall. Others are so disorganized that it’s a wonder patients still survive. Yet, others hardly have the slightest clue about complex diagnoses, sometimes taking you round in circles without ever getting to the bottom of what ails you. Is there ever an easy way out?