Before you visit your health care provider, get prepared. That means having either a written or memorized medical history, including illnesses, surgeries, and current medications, at the ready. You might feel rushed and forget to ask important questions, so writing them down beforehand is a good idea, as is taking notes during the visit.
WebMD has prepared questions you may want to print out to ask your doctor at your next appointment:
Wondering if you should get an HIV test? The answer is: Yes.
"Everybody needs to be tested for HIV at least once," says Brad Hare, director of the HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisco General Hospital. Fortunately, HIV testing is easier, quicker, and more accurate than it used to be. And because HIV treatment is more effective these days, getting tested isn’t as scary.