Medication keeps us healthy. Staying undetectable there’s effectively no risk of infecting our partners. *
Choosing a doctor is one of the most important decisions you will make. Find a doctor who understands HIV/AIDS, makes you feel comfortable and is someone you can trust. A strong partnership with your medical team empowers you to get the best care possible.
Once you find the right medical team be sure to develop good communication, mutual respect and take advantage of every visit. Cancelling or skipping appointments could hurt your treatment and send a message that you don’t take your health seriously.
Taking your HIV medications, when and how you are supposed to, is extremely important. This is how you decrease your viral load. If you skip your medication, the virus can take that opportunity to replicate and make more HIV. By skipping doses, you may develop strains of HIV that are resistant to the medications. Taking the medications gives you control over the virus.
When you are diagnosed with HIV, lab tests establish a starting point or “baseline” of your health. Future tests will show how your immune system is doing. This allows you and your doctor to tell how fast or slow the disease is moving and if the medication is working. Most labs include a “normal” range (high and low values) when they report test results, and they commonly go up and down over time so don’t worry about small changes. Instead, look for overall trends.