HIV Care Providers Wish Their Patients Would Ask Them These Questions

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Are you asking your HIV care provider the right questions?

Sure, there's all the usual stuff it's important to talk about, like discussing your CD4 count and viral load, or asking about HIV treatment options and side effects. But is there more you could be bringing up with your provider -- other questions you could raise, other topics you could ask about -- that could end up improving your health in ways you might not have considered?

We wanted to find out. So we asked some of the most experienced, well-respected HIV clinicians in the U.S.: What's the question you wish your patients would ask you, but that they rarely do? Here's what they had to say.

This collection of videos is part of the Live Bold Live Now series on TheBody. Interviews took place in March 2018. Video production and editing were performed by Jens Bishop and Alex Portaluppi. Interviews were conducted by Nasreen Alkhateeb and coordinated by Daisy Becerra.

More About the HIV Care Providers We Interviewed

These brief biographies summarize our interviewees' most relevant and noteworthy affiliations at the time we interviewed them in March 2018.

Ank Nijhawan, M.D., is an assistant professor in the department of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D., is the senior vice president and chief medical officer of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC). Prior to joining IAPAC, Young was the co-founder and medical director of Rocky Mountain CARES, an HIV service provider organization in Colorado.

David Alain Wohl, M.D., is a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina. He is also the co-director of HIV services at the North Carolina Department of Corrections and the co-director of the North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center.

Hyman Scott, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate physician and assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. He is also a research scientist and part of the leadership team at Bridge HIV, an HIV prevention research initiative within the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Judith Currier, M.D., is a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, department of medicine, at the David Geffen School of Medicine. She is also the division chief of infectious diseases and the associate director of the University of California-Los Angles Clinical AIDS Research and Education Center.

Julie Dombrowski, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor of medicine, allergy, and infectious diseases at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is also the deputy director for clinical services at Public Health Seattle & King County HIV/STD Program and the co-director of the University of Washington Public Health Capacity Building Center.

Leandro Mena, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor of medicine in infectious diseases at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is also the director of the Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Policy in the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities, as well as the medical director of the Crossroads Clinic and Open Arms Healthcare Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

Tonia Poteat, Ph.D., M.P.H., PA-C, is an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is also an HIV medical care provider within the Moore Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital.