What Makes an infectious disease specialist the best choice for the treatment of HIV? Experience, training and a burning passion to pursue the latest advancements in treatments. That makes Serge Lartchenko, MD, the perfect provider for comprehensive, cutting-edge care for individuals living with HIV in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV damages the immune system by destroying CD4 cells. These are a type of white blood cells that fight infection. The loss of these cells makes it hard for your body to fight off infections and certain HIV-related cancers.
Dr. Lartchenko is a trusted specialist in the treatment of HIV. He trained at the nationally recognized HIV Outpatient Program Clinic (HOP) in New Orleans before establishing Texas Infectious Disease Institute in a suburb outside of Dallas, TX (Richardson) and is known and trusted for treating the most challenging of HIV cases. Many patients who aren’t seeing effective results from treatment elsewhere are referred to Dr. Lartchenko, our trusted Dallas-area infectious disease specialist. Each patient we see in our outpatient clinic is treated with dignity and a high degree of confidentiality.
Our goal is to help relieve the burden people living with HIV feel. Combining new approaches and innovative therapies, we strive to provide unmatched treatment for HIV and its complications.
—Serge Lartchenko, MD
It is widely agreed among medical experts that HIV therapy should begin as soon as possible after a diagnosis is confirmed to prevent the unnecessary loss of white blood cells. The goal at Texas Infectious Disease Institute is that patients seeking HIV treatment will experience fewer and fewer negative side effects as regular treatment progresses.
The treatment of HIV with medicines is called antiretroviral therapy (ART). It is widely recommended for anyone who has HIV. The medicines do not cure the HIV infection, but they do make it a manageable chronic condition. They also reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others.
ART reduces the amount of HIV (viral load) in your body, which helps by giving your immune system a chance to recover. Even though there is still some HIV in your body, your immune system should be strong enough to fight off infections and certain HIV-related cancers.
This virus is still dangerous, but I believe our medical therapies, combined with compassion and expertise, provide our patients with a sense of security.
—Serge Lartchenko, MD
The short answer is fortunately NO. However, without proper treatment, HIV can gradually destroy the immune system and advance to AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). AIDS is the final stage of infection with HIV. The good news is that not everyone with HIV develops AIDS. Again, the key is early and consistent treatment.
For those at risk of HIV exposure or who have a partner who is HIV positive, there are measures you can take to protect yourself. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is a way for people who do not have HIV but are at high risk of contracting the virus to prevent HIV infection. Dr. Lartchenko can prescribe a two-in-one pill that is taken daily.
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with HIV or has lived with the condition for some time, you owe it to yourself or them to find the most advanced treatments possible. Trust the experts at Texas Infectious Disease Institute and let us help you manage your HIV with our modern techniques and patient-centered care.
Dr. Lartchenko was recently recognized for the third year in a row as a “Best Doctor in Dallas” by D Magazine as a premier choice for infectious disease treatment. Trust your health to a proven expert. Schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Lartchenko today.
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