Especially for the first time, that means knowing your medical history, including past illnesses and surgeries, and current medications. Write it down if you can't remember every detail. Let your doctor know if anything has happened or changed since the last time you saw them.
You might feel rushed or forget to ask your doctor about things that have come up, so write down your concerns beforehand. Take notes at your appointment, too, so you can remind yourself of their answers and other important information later.
These are some things you might want to find out from your doctor at your first (or next) appointment:
1. How much experience do you have treating people with HIV and AIDS?
2. How can we tell if my immune system is working and how well it's doing?
3. How do you decide which drugs I should be taking?
4. Do I have to take medication if I'm feeling OK?
5. Are there things I should change about my day-to-day life?
6. Can I still work out and be physically active with HIV or AIDS?
7. What signs of trouble should I be watching for?
8. What can I do to prevent the problems caused by HIV and opportunistic infections (other infections that people with AIDS can get very easily)?
9. How can I protect others from getting my HIV?
10. How often do I need to see you? When do you want me to call you, between appointments?