HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection - When To Call a Doctor
If you don't have symptoms of HIV even though you have
tested positive for the virus, you and your doctor may simply keep watching
for symptoms to occur.
If you don't 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 the amount of
HIV in your blood and see 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 don't 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 don't 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-INFO
(1-800-CDC-4636). Or see the CDC National HIV Testing Resources website at
- National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA)
hotline: 1-866-846-9366 (toll-free). Or see the NAPWA website at
- U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) toll-free HIV
hotline: 1-800-HIV-0440 (1-800-448-0440). Or see the NIH AIDS website at
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.