Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection - When To Call a Doctor
Until you know the results of your test:
If you do not have symptoms of HIV even though you have
tested positive for the virus, you and your doctor may simply continue to watch
for symptoms to occur. If you do not show any signs of disease and your CD4+
cell count is more than 500 cells per microliter (mcL), you may not need
treatment. But during this time you still need regular checkups with a doctor
to monitor your
viral load and
CD4+ cell counts. These tests measure the amount of
HIV in your blood and detect how well your immune system is working.
Who to see
Health professionals who can diagnose and may treat
HIV can also be diagnosed and treated at an HIV care
Complications of HIV may require treatment by the
If you do not have a doctor
clinics and other organizations may provide free or low-cost, confidential testing and
counseling about HIV and high-risk behavior. If you have questions about the
testing procedure, ask your doctor to explain the procedure to you.
If you do not have a doctor, contact one of the following for information
on HIV testing in your area:
- Your county or state health
- Local AIDS organization.
- Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) 24-hour information hotline: 1-800-232-4636
(1-800-CDC-INFO) or see the CDC National HIV Testing Resources Web site at
- National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA)
hotline: 1-866-846-9366 (toll-free). Or see the NAPWA Web site at
- U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) toll-free HIV
hotline: 1-800-448-0440 (1-800-HIV-0440). Or see the NIH AIDS Web site at
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.