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DR. or Clinic?
      #171470 - 01/25/06 02:52 PM

If I were to test positive would you think I would receive better support from a family doctor, or a clinic?

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      #171482 - 01/25/06 03:11 PM

I just had to make such a decision. At this point... I want the very very very best HIV specialist I can find. I want someone who knows this stuff forward and backward and will be on the forefront of what's coming out. Just my opinion, but in this area, I want the best.

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Re: DR. or Clinic? new
      #171483 - 01/25/06 03:14 PM

And that's what we all want for you!!! You deserve ONLY THE BEST

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Re: DR. or Clinic? new
      #171489 - 01/25/06 03:22 PM

Where would you find an HIV specialist?

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      #171505 - 01/25/06 04:17 PM

It is usually an infectious disease specialist. Most likely be in a larger city. You might try searching some of the research hospital sites in your area or asking your local aids orginization. Sometimes you have to ask around. I got a recommendation by asking a Doctor friend of mine in Seattle, who asked a doctor friend of his at John Hopkins, who was friends with a doctor that used to be with Washington University in St. Louis, who then passed on the name of a person now at Washington University and Barnes Hospital. I also ask for recommendations from other positive folks. So far I've started with one I had heard about and will probably stay with him.

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Re: DR. or Clinic? new
      #171553 - 01/25/06 08:00 PM

You can also go to ask the Experts on the TAB above and go and ask. They have fountains of numbers. If you give them a bit of detail that helps them. They respond withing almost 24 hours. Its a great tool. Do NOT go see a GP! HIV is for HIV specialists or ID specialist. The way new meds and drug therapies are changing, you need to be sure he/she knows her stuff. They could really muck you up... Do your research. Most GP's will refer you anyway.

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Re: DR. or Clinic? new
      #171554 - 01/25/06 08:04 PM

Jesus Blix! You called the entire country finding your Specialist. Here I am in a isolated remote desolate waste land full of bitter cold and my first call was to Dr. Ben.. Dont figure... You MI folks always make a big deal of finding a silly old ID Specialist who is going to keep you alive till your 95. Hopefully you had friends and family rates on your phone.

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Re: DR. or Clinic? new
      #171571 - 01/25/06 08:48 PM

i'd say a specialist is going to be more compassionate, because they understand the disease better, it is there specialty. where as just a gp knows a little of alot of everything. my gp was cold hearted when he told me i was +.
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Re: DR. or Clinic? new
      #171632 - 01/26/06 12:08 AM

Well Eric, I just said I wanted the best... LOL Actually I didn't even know where to start. The doctor I use out here in the boonies is where I ended up with my screening. She was the one that gave me the "I've got bad news" speech. (which, I even practiced for her on my 45 minute drive to her office that day)... but being totally on my own with no one to make a recommendation or provide guidance I did end up with quite circular route to get a name... so far I'm not using that one though, but it is nice to know that someone you met years ago as a friend would care enough to go to that extent for you. So its all very cool...

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Re: DR. or Clinic? new
      #171641 - 01/26/06 12:28 AM

Oh my God, you where the same glasses I wear Blix! Only when I work tho...

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Re: DR. or Clinic? new
      #171642 - 01/26/06 12:30 AM

They are cute glasses... of course, I don't actually wear them at all now that I've had Lasik...

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