MGC Hosts AIDS Awareness Event
In conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the nationally recognized World AIDS Day, Medical Group of the Carolinas (MGS) - Infectious Diseases will host a lunch and learn session about HIV infection and AIDS. The session is scheduled for 12-1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s (SRHS) Heart Center Auditorium. Immediately after the session, doves will be released in honor of those suffering from HIV/AIDS and for continued hope for a cure.
During the lunch and learn session, MGC - Infectious Disease physician, Theodore Grieshop, M.D., will talk about the patterns, causes and effects of HIV and AIDS as well as new medications. In addition to his work with MGC - Infectious Disease, Dr. Grieshop is also the medical director of SRHS’s Ryan White Program, a federally funded program that provides medical and supportive services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties.
While the session and lunch are free, reservations are required and can be made by calling 864-560-6265.
HIV/AIDS at a Glance
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that can hide in the cells of the body for long periods of time and attacks key parts of the immune system. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of the cells that the body can no longer fight infections or diseases.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the final stage of the HIV infection. Because people at this stage of HIV have badly damaged immune systems, they are at grave risk for other infections that cannot be fought off.
Living with HIV/AIDS Today
At the start of the epidemic in 1981, people who were diagnosed with HV/AIDS could expect to live 1-2 years after a diagnosis. This meant that the issues of aging were not a major focus for people with HIV disease. New medications and treatments have changed that. Life expectancy for people with HIV disease has increased dramatically, which means that they now face the challenges of aging with HIV/AIDS.
Services Provided by the Ryan White Program
The purpose of SRHS’s Ryan White program is to help people living with HIV/AIDS in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties to obtain a comprehensive level of care by providing access to medical care services, regardless of income.
Some of these services include:
• Outpatient medical care
• Mental health and nutritional counseling
• Medical assistance
• Case management
• Referral assistance
• Confidential partner testing
• Dental care
• Nutritional supplements
• Prevention & health education
Call 864-560-6806 with questions regarding the program.