What Questions Should I Ask?In order to choose the right doctor, you have to ask the right questions. Here are a few to get you started.
- Are you an HIV Specialist?
The CDC now recommends that HIV infected people be treated by HIV specialists. The complexity of the disease necessitates the care of someone devoted solely to HIV.
- How much importance to you place on women's health issues?
For women living with HIV, having a physician dedicated to women's health is essential. Treating HIV in women is a complexity all its own and requires someone who recognizes the special challenge of treating women with HIV.
- What services does your clinic offer?
Find a clinic that utilizes a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, and pharmacists that can treat the entire person.
- What is your philosophy regarding patient participation in treatment decisions?
Don't consider a doctor who does not encourage patient involvement in treatment decisions such as when to start medications and the use of alternative and complimentary therapies.