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, living situation, family life, and social life. Doing so helps you and your doctor find the right treatment for you.

Your doctor is there to help. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your doctor, it’s ok to look for another one. If you need help, you can use this tool to find health services.

Below are some suggestions for things to talk about. But you can talk about anything.

My Health

  • What do my test results mean?
  • How do my other health conditions affect my HIV?
  • Can I take HIV medicine if I am taking other medicines?
  • What can I do to stay healthy now and in the future?
  • Is there anything in my routine I should change?

Understanding My Medicine

  • What medicine will I be taking?
  • What’s in my medicine?
  • How does my medicine work?

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?
  • What should I do if I experience any side effects?
  • How long will side effects last?

My Lifestyle

  • Can I drink alcohol or take drugs while taking HIV medicine? What happens if I do?
  • Can I smoke? What happens if I do?
  • How do diet and exercise affect my health? What about depression? Can I still take HIV medicine?
  • Can I still have sex?
  • How can I protect my partner(s) from getting HIV?

Working Together

  • 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?
  • Do you have anything I can read for more information? Which web sites should I check?

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