Oct 18, 2006
How can we as providers help clients choose the right treatment
| Response from Dr. Wohl
Read the current US Department of Health and Human Services Guidelines (www.aidsinfo.nih.gov). Also, go to conferences. There are several in the US geared toward the non-HIV specialist who wants to learn more about HIV (Clinical Care Options is one).
With this knowledge you can inform your patients about the current data; presenting options along with your advice. I do not leave the decision up to the patient. Rather, I see myslef as a health care advisor - providing my take on what the patient should do to acheive his/her goals.
As you know, HIV therapy has to be tailored to the needs and abilities of the individual. Pill count, dosing frequency, potential side effects, co-morbidities all have to be considered as does cost, co-pays and what HIV meds a partner may be taking. Our job is to make the best fit possible and adjust as needed.
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