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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About HIV/AIDS

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:

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1. Are you experienced in the treatment of HIV infection and AIDS?

2. What can I do to improve my health and delay the onset of medical problems connected with HIV?

3. In what ways should I change my day-to-day life?

4. How physically active can I be with HIV or AIDS?

5. What are the signs of complications or opportunistic infections?

6. What can I do to prevent opportunistic infections?

7. What can I do to prevent others from becoming infected with my HIV?

8. Do I have to take the medication if I'm feeling well?

9. How do you determine which drugs I should be taking?

10. How will we monitor my immune system's health?


WebMD 10 Questions

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on October 28, 2014

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