Every provider visit when you go in to see somebody after you’re diagnosed with HIV should start with you having a conversation about how you’re doing. Are you ready to take your medications when you first do? Are you prepared? How are you going to take them every day?
Do you have something to remind you to take them every day? And then as you get into the stream you get undetectable. You’re following up with your provider. They’re going to check up on you to see how you’re doing. Are you taking all your medications? Do you have enough refills?
You’re going to get STI screening probably every three to six months. You’re also going to be checked for vaccinations and other things as well. So you can expect a whole bunch of different things happening in your visit.
Dr. David Malebranche, MD, MPH, a clinician-researcher specializing in HIV, gives the lowdown on all things HIV care and treatment in the latest installment of the #AskTheHIVDoc video series.