It is a known fact that treating HIV AIDS can be complicated. There are plenty of things to consider at each passing stage of the disease. This is the major reason why you should work together with your health care provider as a team. This will make it significantly easy for you to choose a specific treatment plan and stick with it.

Nonetheless, you need to consider numerous factors before choosing a care provider. You should be able to use the care provider as your “regular doctor” and consult with them about all your health issues. However, you could also choose a different care provider for your other health issues and assign a HIV care provider as your specialist.

Many people who are suffering from HIV AIDS get their health care from the physicians, who are experts in dealing with infectious diseases. This means that they are also capable of dealing with all of your health issues, which may develop in the upcoming stages of the disease. Yet again, it is significant to note that you will get better HIV care from the providers, who are experienced in treating HIV AIDS affected people at all stages of their disease.

You could start by asking your care provider that how many HIV patients they have treated. Some of the heath care providers are conservative and they usually adapt the “tried and true” method, while others could be a bit aggressive and try to experiment new methods to make you feel better.

If you are looking for emotional support from your HIV care provider, then you might not feel comfortable with a practitioner, who talks only about test result. Having a friendly and supportive provider is of vital importance, as it will help you to get the kind of care you are looking for.

You will need to make sure that your care provider has all the necessary information about your health condition. This will help them select the most accurate care routine for your disease. You will also have to tell your provider on how you feel about using the medications.

Many experts suggest that the relationship of patients with their HIV care provider plays a great part in maintaining the overall health of the patient. Apparently, the patient will feel a lot better if he/she is happy and comfortable with the approach of the care provider.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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