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First Visit To Infectious Disease Doctor

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...Disease Control and Prevention has urged all states to collect HIV infection reports by name and the vast majority of states now do so. Fortunately, public health reporting by name has been in place for many years for other communicable diseases and this information has been successfully protected by public health officials. More than 80 other diseases and conditions are currently required to be reported by name in California, including...
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My first doctor visit after testing positive

I tested positive 2 weeks ago and have an apt. with my internist coming up. Likely infected 12/08. From what I observed in his waiting room on past visits I doubt his patient demographics include many HIV+ folks. What do I want to make sure he...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I would recommend the following baseline tests:1.Complete blood count (CBC)2.Comprehensive chemistry panel3.Hepatitis screening for A, B and C4.STD screening (syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, etc.)5.Tuberculosis skin test6.Toxoplasma IgG... Read more »

Frustrated with my doctor

Hey Dr. Bob,I wish you were my doctor! The one I have (well known and well respected) is always in such a hurry and never answers my questions!!!!!! That's why I'm always on this site and have sent you so many questions. (Thanks for answering most...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...school supervised practice) in either Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, or a subspecialty of Internal Medicine like Infectious Diseases (ID). ID specialists have the most specialized training in infectious complications of HIV and... Read more »

How often should I go to the doctor

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...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...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 Read more »

infectious disease doctor

HOW CONCERNED SHOULD I BE ABOUT SEEING A DOCTOR WHO HAS HIV PATIENTS BUT IS NOT INFECTIOUS DISEASE. IN THE RURAL AREA I AM IN IT IS DIFFICULT TO TRAVEL TO ONE. POSITIVE FOR FIFTEEN YEARS WITH LOW T-CELLS FOR MOST OF THE TIME.
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...I happen to be both. The fact is that many of my most respected HIV treating colleagues don't happen to have a specialty in Infectious Diseases. The key is to find someone with experience managing HIV. In fact, I would discourage you from... Read more »
Articles
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Making the Most of Your Medical Visits

...school supervised practice) in either Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, or a subspecialty of Internal Medicine like Infectious Diseases (ID). ID specialists have the most specialized training in infectious complications of HIV and... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

On the Road With HIV: A Guide for Positive Travelers

...wearing scrubs. Selected Sources Castelli, F, and Patroni, F. The human immunodeficiency virus-infected traveler. Clinical Infectious Diseases 31:1403-8. 2000. Freedman, D. The immunocompromised traveler. In Travelers' Health Yellow Book:... Read more »
The Body

HIV Treatment 101

...to have to do differently." -- Pam Yelsky , diagnosed in 1992 To determine if you need to take HIV medications, your doctor will take at least two blood tests: a viral load test to see how much HIV is in your bloodstream, and a... Read more »
HIV Medicine Association

HIV Testing Policy: A Joint Position Paper of the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American College of Physicians

...the U.S. in responding to the global HIV pandemic, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa Removal of HIV disease from the list of communicable diseases preventing visitors and immigrants who are otherwise qualified to enter the U.S. Key Facts... Read more »
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found out june 24, first test results next week

Posted by ruralguy, 8 Replies
I found out in the course of a normal annual physical exam. Everything was fine and then I got an HIV positive result on June 24. I saw a specialist on July 3 and I get my first test results next week on the 16th. I'm 56 and I just be totally... Read more »

We need more awareness of PML

Posted by corkeesdad
...Hewitt of Orlando, Florida, a single mother of four small children this was not the case! At first sign of her symptoms, her own Infectious Disease Doctor didn't know what PML was, nor had he ever heard of it! He actually had to Google it! Sadly,... Read more »

Time to find a new doctor?

Posted by acriado, 3 Replies
...HIV I might just lose my benefits at any moment. I was stunned and at a loss for words to hear this news. I only see my HIV doctor every 5-6 months over a period of 6 years. I get the impression he really does not know me as a person or how... Read more »

Update after first Doctor's visit

Posted by Blixer, 5 Replies
...count gets down toward 200 or the VL is over 100,000 or evidence of some sort of infections. I'm still very scared, but the doctor was clear in saying that in most cases this is a chronic manageable disease with advances in treatment coming all... Read more »