No doubt, it can be a shock when you find out you are HIV positive. Receiving a diagnosis of any serious, potentially life-threatening illness can be devastating. You may feel overwhelmed and alone, with many questions about where to turn to for help.
You are far from alone. It is important to remember that HIV is a manageable medical condition that can be treated with effective medicines.
What to Expect at Your First Doctor Visits After an HIV Diagnosis
After testing positive, it is important to see a qualified health care provider, even if you feel healthy. You can work with your health care providers to decide when to start HIV medicines and which medicines to take.
Your first visits with a doctor will most likely begin with a baseline evaluation to learn the status of your health. This evaluation will include a review of your health now, your medical history, a physical exam, and lab tests.
In addition, your health care provider can explain the benefits and risks of HIV treatment and discuss ways to reduce the risk of passing HIV to others.
Be sure to write down questions before your doctor appointments so you get the information you need.
For More Information
It’s your body and your life, so the more you understand about your health, the better. A great deal of information can be found online, but it is important to make sure you are going to websites with trusted information. Here are a few of the websites with helpful information:
For personal assistance, Amida Care representatives are happy to guide you to helpful resources. Amida Care is a Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) that provides comprehensive health coverage, at little or no cost, for New Yorkers eligible for Medicaid. Certain conditions must be met. Confidential answers are available at 1-855 GO-AMIDA (1-855-462-6432) (TTY 711). www.AmidaCareNY.org