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How often should I go to the doctor
May 21, 2007

Hi,

I have had HIV for about a year and a half an been on medication for a year now. My question is how often should I see the doctor? At first I was going every three months. After I went to undetectable <50 with normal CD4, she said to come back in "5 or 6 months," which is fine with me b/c I hate going to the doctor's. So now I will be going twice a year. Is that enough? She's an experienced infectious disease specialist, so I just assume she knows what she's talking about.

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post. Sounds like you're doing very well on HIV medications.

Typically, I'll see my patients every 3-4 months, though with patients like you who are doing very well a visit every 6 months works fine. For these later patients, I'll try to get laboratory work (especially viral load) in between the semi-annual visits.

The important thing to remember is to stay in touch with your doctor in between visits if there are any questions, symptoms or problems.

Hope this helps. BY



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