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Build a Trusting Relationship With Your Doctor

Whether you've just begun treatment or you're on your second or third regimen, your doctor can be your best partner in the fight against HIV.

  • There are no wrong questions—Ask what your lab results mean, about treatments that may be right for you, or anything that's on your mind
  • Listen carefully—Treatment can only work if medicines are taken when and how your doctor prescribes
  • Talk about side effects—If you think you might be having any side effects, you need to let your doctor know
  • Keep a journal—Write down how you're feeling to help remember important details and report that information to your doctor
  • Think long term—HIV may increase your risk for certain diseases. The best way to help keep your immune system strong is to see your doctor regularly and take your medications as prescribed. Taking care of yourself is a lifelong commitment
  • Be honest if you use alcohol or drugs—Both can interfere with HIV treatment
The more openly and honestly you can talk about every part of your life, the better your doctor can keep you on a course of HIV treatment that works best for you.