Get Informed About Treatment
One of the most important things you can do to live healthy with HIV is to get informed about HIV disease, treatment options, and strategies.
Knowledge makes a world of difference. A key to participating in your treatment decision-making is to get informed about HIV disease, treatment options and overall strategies sooner rather than later.
Obtaining information on your own doesn’t need to be difficult or overwhelming. In fact, the education process can begin right at home. Many websites, hotlines and community organizations are dedicated to answering questions about HIV.
Realize that you can’t learn everything at once, so concentrate on the information that’s most important to your health right now. While self-learning is great, it should not substitute using your doctor as a source of information.
If you're healthy and not feeling like you need or want to start therapy immediately, it's still a good idea to learn about your treatment options and strategies and begin talking with your doctor about what to do and when to do it. Making those decisions before the problem is critical can diminish some of the fear that is often associated with starting any kind of therapy for the first time. Starting these discussions with your doctor is perhaps the best form of "early intervention" and will greatly increase the chances that you will avoid starting therapy either too early or too late.
For more information about monitoring HIV disease, call Project Inform's Hotline and ask for Day One, their toll-free National HIV/AIDS Treatment Hotline at 800-822-7422 or visit www.projectinform.org.
Another great way to learn the information is to attend the PLUS Seminar, a program of STOP AIDS Project's Positive Force.