It is important to talk to your doctor about HIV/AIDS and about medication options. After being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, the relationship with a healthcare team (which may include doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers, dieticians, and physician assistants) is a very important indicator of health. Meeting with doctors can be overwhelming, but it is important to remember that as a patient, you have the most important role in your own health. Additionally, many marginalized groups experience discrimination from doctors and health care providers because of race, body type, ability and gender presentation. This can be a barrier to accessing and staying in care. In many communities, there are health advocates who may be able to help navigate services. Below are some resources to help start a conversation with doctors about HIV/AIDS and health.
YourDocTalk from the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) offers an interactive "talking points" tool that allows survivors to prepare questions about their health before they get to the doctor. These talking points can be printed out, or saved to a smart phone.