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After being diagnosed with HIV, there are a lot of important decisions to be made, and one of those decisions involves the medical care path you will take. An HIV doctor or HIV specialist cannot only provide HIV treatment, but also education and support. Learn more about the three reasons you should visit an HIV doctor immediately after your diagnosis and why you need to stay in treatment.

1. Treatment

Your first doctor appointment can be intimidating, but it is important to remember that your HIV doctor is there to help you. Routine visits to your HIV doctor or HIV specialist can help you live the life you choose to live, without unnecessary interruptions.

Blood samples can determine how much of the HIV is present in your body, which can then aid your doctor in determining the HIV treatment that is right for you. These routine blood tests will also provide your doctor with evidence that your treatment is effective, or if you would be better served with an alternate route.

Although there is no cure for HIV (yet), there are treatment plans that can help you live a long, healthy life and prevent you from transferring the virus to others. PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), when taken daily, can reduce your partner’s risk of contracting HIV. This works as another form of protection for couples.

2. Education

The Internet is a powerhouse of information but relying solely on this as an educational resource can leave you with gaps and misinformation. Each HIV diagnosis is different, which is why you should seek a medical professional who can educate you about living with HIV. These professionals can inform you of symptoms to be aware of, any lifestyle changes you should make and advancements in HIV medicine.

3. Support

After an HIV diagnosis, establishing a strong, diverse support system can help you regain your confidence and take control of your HIV. The support you receive from your doctor can be one of the most important and most effective. As a professional, they have the resources, experience and knowledge to help you overcome any boundaries you may face. What many people do not understand is that all you need to do to gain this support is to ask for it.

If you are interested in speaking with a health care professional or receiving affordable HIV treatment, contact us today.