Questions to Ask Your Doctor About HIV

Note: We recommend you use this page as a reference for your consultation with your doctor. 

1. How long do you think I will be able to stay healthy with HIV disease? 

2. How can I be sure that I do not transmit HIV to others? 

3. Are there things I should do to maintain my health, such as immunizations, skin testing for tuberculosis, testing for syphilis, hepatitis, diet, exercise and if I am a women PAP smears? 

4. Separate from antiretroviral therapy, are there any medications I should be taking to keep me from getting infections or other complications of HIV? 

5. What are my T cells and viral load at this time, what is the significance of these values, and how often should I have them monitored? 

6. If I am not currently taking antiretroviral therapy, when should I start it? 

7. When I do decide to start antiretroviral therapy, which regimens should I consider? 

8. Once on antiretroviral therapy what should I expect with regards to side effects? 

9. What are the potential risks and benefits associated with me using non-traditional therapies such as herbs and acupuncture? 

10. What are the risks associated with me using drugs such as cocaine or methamphetamines? 

MedicineNet Reminder: Establishing an accurate diagnosis is key to proper treatments. You are the most important person in this process by accurately describing to your doctor the character, location, duration, and time of onset of your symptoms. You should also inform your doctor about vitamins, herbs, and medications you are taking. For example, long-term use of certain vitamins and non-prescription medications may be the cause of your abnormal liver tests; magnesium-containing antacids and supplements may be causing your diarrhea; certain blood pressure pills can be the reason for your constipation.


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