Treatment Issues for Women
Gyn Care in HIV: Finding Good Care
One of the most important things we can do for ourselves is to find a gynecologist we feel comfortable with. If you don't trust or understand your doctor, how can you get answers? Many women being treated for their HIV don't receive adequate GYN care. This is a serious problem. Be sure your gynecologist has experience treating women with HIV. One way to do this is to talk to other positive women and get a reference to a GYN from someone you know. If you don't know other women with HIV, you can always call infectious disease (ID) clinics -- many hospitals have GYN clinics within their ID clinics that specialize in treating positive women.
Since there's still debate about standards of GYN care in HIV, screening and treatment recommendations can vary from clinic to clinic. That's why it's so important to find a provider who knows all the different methods used to screen and diagnose the many GYN conditions seen in HIV. The next few pages discuss some of the most common GYN problems positive women face.
This article was provided by AIDS Community Research Initiative of America. Visit ACRIA's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.