HIV Treatment: Doctor's appointments

Your healthcare team are there to support you. It’s important you feel comfortable and confident talking to them and can be open about any questions or concerns you have about your HIV and wellbeing.

To help make the most of your appointments, you could try:

  • Keeping a diary in between your appointments to note down any questions you may have
  • Being honest and open about any side effects, lifestyle changes or missed doses of your medication
  • Talking about any other aspects of your health that your HIV specialist could advise on e.g. diet, recreational drug use, smoking and alcohol habits

To help you get started, why not try the Unity interactive tool?
Unity is a simple 10-minute questionnaire that creates a handy, personalised guide you can take with you to your next appointment. It was created using feedback from a panel of people living with HIV and HIV experts to help support your needs.

Did you know?

71% of people living with HIV felt very comfortable raising issues of concern with their doctor.
(789 people pf 1,111 surveyed)1

61% of people newly diagnosed with HIV felt very comfortable raising issues of concern with their doctor.
(73 people of 119 surveyed)2

The Positive Perspectives Survey asked 1,111 people living with HIV (PLHIV) about their experiences of raising issues with their doctors, as well as many other concerns they’ve had throughout their journey with HIV. 119 people of the 1,111 were newly diagnosed with HIV.

  1. The Positive Perspectives Survey Report: A view into the lives of people living with HIV. ViiV Healthcare. VIIV/COM/0029/17. October 2017.
  2. Positive Perspectives Survey, 2017 DOF. Available upon request.
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