Is Your HIV Care Provider the Right Fit for You?

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One of the most important parts of getting good health care as a person living with HIV is having a health care team you can trust. Whether you've just been diagnosed or have been on treatment for many years, the relationship between a person living with HIV and their health care provider -- whether it's a physician, physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, or other health professional -- is hugely important.

We asked some of the most experienced, well-respected HIV physicians in the U.S.: How can a person determine whether or not their HIV care provider is a good fit for them? What's a great question that they can ask a potential health care provider? Here's what they had to say.

This collection of videos is part of the Live Bold Live Now series on TheBody. These 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

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 Margolis, M.D., is a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He is also the director of the University of North Carolina HIV Cure Center and the principal investigator of the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication.

Demetre Daskalakis, M.D., M.P.H., is the deputy commissioner in the division of disease control at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOH). Prior to joining NYC DOH, he was the medical director of ambulatory HIV services at Mount Sinai Hospital.

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.

Jonathan Colasanti, M.D., M.S.P.H., is an assistant professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is also the associate medical director of the Ponce De Leon Center in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the largest HIV treatment centers in the U.S.

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.

Wendy Armstrong, M.D., is a professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She chaired the board of directors of the HIV Medicine Association from 2016 to 2017.