8th February 2021
Testing and reviews
All patients will be reviewed based on the national standards and their clinical needs following diagnosis and starting of ART. This will include a minimum of a six month and annual review appointment.
The six month review will include blood taking, offer of a sexual health screen and health review.
The annual review includes assessment and discussion related to your:
1. Cardiovascular health
2. Bone health
3. Renal health
4. Sexual and reproductive health and psychosexual wellbeing
5. Mental health and psychosocial wellbeing
6. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) and non-ART management
7. Preventative medicine
8. Monitoring of comorbidities
9. Neurocognitive impairment
Telling your GP that you have HIV
You don't have to tell your GP that you have HIV. Some people are reluctant to tell their GP because they are worried about confidentiality. However, there are some reasons why it makes good sense to tell your GP that you have HIV. It will help them provide the most appropriate treatment and care. For example, if you are taking HIV treatment, it’s important to consider potentially harmful interactions with other medications. Knowing that you have HIV will enable your GP to look out for signs and symptoms of illnesses or side-effects.
Sexual health testing and contraception
If you would like a sexual health screening, whether you have symptoms of an STI or not, click here for more information.
If you would like to find out more about your contraception options: