What is included in patient education about HIV infection?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: Robert J Carpenter, DO, AAHIVS, FACP; Chief Editor: John Bartlett, MD  more...
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Counsel patients extensively about the course of HIV illness, therapeutic options, health maintenance issues (eg, immunizations, abstinence, safer-sex practices, informing sexual partners about HIV diagnosis), and the range of conditions that can occur at each stage on the HIV continuum. Close follow-up care with providers who have expertise in treating patients infected with HIV is essential.

For patient education resources, see the Immune System Center, Sexually Transmitted Diseases Center, and Teeth and Mouth Center, as well as HIV/AIDS, Rapid Oral HIV Test, Oral Herpes, and Canker Sores.


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