What happens when I visit the
Your doctor may spend most of the
time talking to you about HIV
and finding out how you feel.
Your doctor will ask you questions
about your medical history
and arrange for you to have a bunch
of blood tests. These tests
are really important because they
tell the doctor how quickly HIV is
reproducing (or getting worse) in
your blood. They help you and your
doctor decide if and when you should
start taking medication.
Tips for when you visit your doctor:
- Its a good idea to write
down the questions you want
to ask the doctor before visiting
him/her because lots of times we
forget what to ask when we finally
talk to the doctor.
- Make sure you understand what
your doctor has told you. Dont
be afraid to ask lots of questions!
Also, there is no such thing as
a dumb question when it comes to
- Keep a journal of what
your doctor tells you. This will
help you remember what happened
during your appointment.
- If you have a lot of things to
talk about, ask for a longer
appointment (say, 20 to 30 minutes),
so you and your doctor dont
- If you want a second opinion ask
your doctor for a referral to
an HIV specialist. Specialists
work with HIV on a daily basis,
so theyre more up-to-date
with new information.
- If your doctor makes you feel
uncomfortable, you may want to find
a new doctor.