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Healthcare providers

When you see the words "healthcare providers," that means healthcare team members in addition to ASO caseworkers, 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

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 under the supervision of a doctor.

Nurses

Nurses provide basic nursing care for patients.

Mental Health Providers

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

pharmacists

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

Dieticians

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

Dentists

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

SPECIALISTS

Specialists are healthcare providers who focus on specific types of health problems. If you're HIV-positive and also have a condition like diabetes or high blood pressure, your healthcare provider may refer you to a specialist.

Doctors

Doctors are healthcare professionals who are licensed to practice medicine.

Preparing for your healthcare appointments

Once you have a healthcare provider, be ready for each appointment so you can get the most out of it. This checklist can help:

  • TAKE a list of any medications you're on, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements
  • TAKE a description of any medication side effects you think you might be 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

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Getting there

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

  • 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!