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When you see the words “healthcare providers,” they’re referring to healthcare team members in addition to ASO case managers and social workers.

If you are HIV-positive, find a healthcare provider you feel comfortable with as soon as possible.

Healthcare providers include:


Doctors are healthcare professionals who are licensed to practice medicine.

Physician assistants

Physician assistants can diagnose and treat illnesses under the supervision of doctors.

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners are nurses with specialized graduate education, who can diagnose and treat illnesses.


Nurses provide nursing care for patients.


There are many kinds of mental health providers, including psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counselors and certified social workers.


Pharmacists provide prescription medicines to patients and can help explain what medications are and how they should be used.


Dieticians are experts in food and nutrition who help people practice good eating habits.


Dentists are doctors who take care of people’s teeth, gums, and other parts of the mouth, and teach people about dental health.


Specialists are healthcare providers who focus on specific types of health problems. Your healthcare provider may refer you to a specialist to treat a specific condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.



Doctors are healthcare professionals who are licensed to practice medicine.

Preparing for your
Healthcare Appointments

  • TAKE a list of any medications you’re on
  • TAKE a list of any side effects you are experiencing
  • TAKE information about any major changes in your life
  • TAKE a list of any questions you want to ask
  • TAKE a loved one or friend for support and company
Being Open with Your Healthcare Providers
Being Open with
Your Healthcare Team
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Getting there

One of the most important things you can do for your healthcare appointments is to be there.

Write down your appointments on a calendar, or set reminders on your phone.

Be on time. Leave yourself enough time to get to your appointment so you get the maximum time with your healthcare provider.

Remember that you’re doing a great thing for yourself!