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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for this appointment?

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Has a doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with HIV?

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Is the appointment with a primary care doctor, or a specialist such as an infectious disease specialist?

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Most important questions to ask about HIV

Top 10 Questions about HIV

  1. What is HIV and what causes it?
  2. How long will I remain healthy and what can I do to stay healthy as long as possible?
  3. What precautions do I need to take to protect others from becoming infected with my HIV?
  4. Will I need follow-up tests to monitor my immune system function and if so, how often will I need them?
  5. What are the symptoms of HIV?
  6. What are my treatment options for HIV?
  7. What are the considerations for starting HIV medications early vs. later and what do you recommend for me?
  8. What can I expect from my HIV medications and why do I need to take multiple medications?
  9. Do I need to take my HIV medications even if I'm feeling fine?
  10. How will my doctor know when my medication regimen needs to be changed and how often should it be changed?
  1. What is HIV and what causes it?
  2. Is HIV curable or controllable?
  3. What unique health issues do women with HIV have?
  4. How will HIV affect my daily life and long-term health?
  5. How long will I remain healthy and what can I do to stay healthy as long as possible?
  6. What are the signs and symptoms of HIV-related complications, opportunistic infections, and AIDS?
  7. What types of healthcare providers, such as an infectious disease doctor, hematologist, and nutritionist, do I need to see and when?
  8. What precautions do I need to take to protect others from becoming infected with my HIV?
  9. Are there any symptoms of HIV or its complications that should alert me to call you?
  10. Will I need follow-up tests to monitor my immune system function and if so, how often will I need them?
  11. What are the symptoms of HIV?
  12. Could my HIV symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  13. Who is most likely to contract HIV?
  14. How is HIV diagnosed and how do the different types of HIV tests work, including the home test kit?
  15. Can my primary care doctor diagnose HIV or will I need to see a specialist?
  16. Does a negative test result mean that I do not have HIV or will I need a repeat test to confirm it?
  17. What are my treatment options for HIV?
  18. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my HIV?
  19. What are the considerations for starting HIV medications early vs. later and what do you recommend for me?
  20. Are there lifestyle changes, such as diet, exercise and rest, I can make to improve my health and delay HIV-related medical problems?
  21. What role does nutrition play in my treatment plan?
  22. Should I consider enrolling in a clinical trial?
  23. What support groups and services are available to help me and my loved ones deal with HIV and its complications?
  24. What can I expect from my HIV medications and why do I need to take multiple medications?
  25. Do I need to take my HIV medications even if I'm feeling fine?
  26. How and when should I take my medications and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  27. How long will I need to take my HIV medications?
  28. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my HIV medications?
  29. What is drug resistance and when is drug resistance testing indicated?
  30. How will my doctor know when my medication regimen needs to be changed and how often should it be changed?

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Top 10 Questions about HIV

  1. What is HIV and what causes it?
  2. How long will I remain healthy and what can I do to stay healthy as long as possible?
  3. What precautions do I need to take to protect others from becoming infected with my HIV?
  4. Will I need follow-up tests to monitor my immune system function and if so, how often will I need them?
  5. What are the symptoms of HIV?
  6. What are my treatment options for HIV?
  7. What are the considerations for starting HIV medications early vs. later and what do you recommend for me?
  8. What can I expect from my HIV medications and why do I need to take multiple medications?
  9. Do I need to take my HIV medications even if I'm feeling fine?
  10. How will my doctor know when my medication regimen needs to be changed and how often should it be changed?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS; Sarah Lewis, PharmD. Last Annual Review Date: Dec. 22, 2015 Copyright: © Copyright 2015 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

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