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My doctor left me...
      #205240 - 08/28/06 07:51 PM

I called my ID dr to make my follow up appointment and just found out he's retiring...just like that. I just saw him 2 weeks ago and he didn't say a word about it. So I've just spent the last 2 hours searching the web for a replacement. Does anyone have experience with internal medicine specialist as apposed to infectious disease doc's for hiv care? The ID doc's I've found only have a few patients with hiv in their practices, but I've found a couple of IM doc's certified by the american acadamy of hiv medicine that have alot in their practices. what to do....I think the IM would be better. I asked the office for a referal to someone and they just told me they would send me a list of ID doc's in my area. Seems pretty crapy to me to up a quit and not even refer me to someone else.

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Reged: 01/18/06
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Loc: Alabama
Re: My doctor left me... new
      #205262 - 08/28/06 10:14 PM

Bummer Max66…
Check with your local AIDS Outreach program to see who they may recommend. Ask the volunteers or your peer group to see what physicians they like.

Diagnosed 11/2005
Last Labs Drawn 10/18/2007
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      #205277 - 08/29/06 01:46 AM

Research shows that patients who are HIv +ve live longer and healthier lives when they are under the care of an experienced HIV specialist, of course board certified. I would stay away from internal medicine or PCP as they have limited experience and traning in hiv treatment. Please remember that the doctor works for u, just like a plumber u hire. If u r not satisfied with ur doctor looks for another one till u find one u are comfortable with, someone who listens to u, someone who is compassionate and someone u r not shy or afraid to discuss the most personal things with. Be well, stay well and God bless.

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Re: My doctor left me... new
      #205312 - 08/29/06 09:43 AM

max,dont sweat it,i have been through 4 docs already and im on my 5th,i understand having a doc and getting used to that one person is nice but in the world we live in i wonder if the fact the doc are older and retiring isnt the only reason for this,mabey some of them want to teach or get into research,but i do know that its not a big thing its just a matter of a comfort zone to me.sure most people can go through life knowing mabey only 2,but we arent in the normal group anymore,were better,thats why we need specialist,get it special?so the fact is we may see more docs than anyone can imagine,but its a nessecary situation we are all in.hope this helps you,take care

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      #205424 - 08/30/06 02:35 AM

I would not trust my life to a doc who does not keep up on the latest on hiv/aids care... Its a very dynamic and ever changing invironment and a IM cannot focus on just one diagnosis... I drive 3 hours every time I see my doctor.. But I also know he is worth ever life cent of it...


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