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Keeping medical records is the responsibility of the patient

Posted Dec 02 2008 3:07am


Keeping medical records is the responsibility of the patient
Originally uploaded by natavillage.

Pictured above is Gloria's medical record. Unlike most western countries,

patients are responsible for keeping their medical records and then bringing

them each time they see the doctor. The clinics do not have the space or

the resources to keep everyone's records on file. Most people like to buy a

binder and decorate it with their favorite celebrity. sports figure, or

fashions. Gloria's record reflects her commitment to her treatment. She

has pasted information about how AIDS can be transmitted and the importance

of using a condom. The white paper with writing is a warning for one of her

ARV's, Viramune, and it reads *warning: the first 18 weeks of therapy are

critical and require intensive monitoring for life threatening skin

reactions such as Steven-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis or

hepatitis/hepatic failure. *This is just another way in which Gloria lives

openly with this disease and at the same time educates others. She is to be

admired.

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