By getting to know you, your doctor can help you make the right choices about your life on treatment. Discuss things like your work, school, family life, and social life. Doing so helps your doctor find the right treatment for you.

Taking Medicine

  • How often will I have to take medicine?
  • What if I miss a dose? How do I make sure I don’t miss a dose?
  • What are the side effects of the medicine you are prescribing? How long will they last and how can I manage them?

My Health

  • What do my test results mean?
  • How do my health conditions affect my HIV? Can I still take HIV medicine?
  • I am taking medicines that are not for HIV. Can I still take HIV medicine?

My Lifestyle

  • Can I drink or take drugs while taking HIV medicine? What happens if I do?
  • How do diet and exercise affect my health? What about cigarette smoking or depression? Can I still take HIV medicine?

Working Together

  • Do you have anything I can read for more information? Which Web sites should I check?
  • How long have you been treating people with HIV?
  • What is your approach to treating HIV?
  • Do you have a “partnership” with your patients? Why or why not?
  • How often can I call you with questions or concerns? What’s the best time? If you’re not available, who should I call?

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