n South African Medical Journal - 'It would have been better if I had HIV instead of diabetes' : correspondence
|Article Title||'It would have been better if I had HIV instead of diabetes' : correspondence|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of Pennsylvania, USA, 2 University of Botswana and 3 University of Botswana|
|Publication Date||May 2014|
'Go ka bo go ne go le botoka go nna le HIV gona le bolwetse jwa sukiri' ('It would have been better if I had HIV instead of diabetes'). This flippant comment was overheard in a diabetes clinic waiting room in southern Botswana earlier this year. Although a new diagnosis of diabetes does not carry the stigma of a new HIV diagnosis, for many patients it nonetheless feels like a life sentence. While there are no local data to support the suggestion that type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) confers a worse prognosis than HIV, patients with T2DM in Botswana face at least as many obstacles to high-quality care as do patients with HIV.
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