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Health monitoring and care from your GP

Your HIV clinic will closely monitor all aspects of your health that are related to HIV. However, it is also important to register with a GP (family doctor), who will be able to look after your general health needs that aren’t related to HIV. For example, GPs are well placed to help with other long-term conditions such as hay fever, asthma and high blood pressure, mental health problems and conditions related to getting older. Your GP may prescribe medication to deal with these conditions. It is important you discuss the possibility of interactions between these and any HIV treatment or other medication you are taking.

You can find out more about common drug interactions in NAM’s booklet Anti-HIV drugs.

You may have your cardiovascular (heart) disease risk checked at your GP surgery, get your annual cervical screening done there, or get any vaccinations you need, including the annual flu vaccination recommended for people with HIV.

Leading a healthy lifestyle is an important way of staying well with HIV. Your GP can help you with things such as eating well and losing weight, doing exercise, stopping smoking and cutting down on alcohol and drug use. Community pharmacies can also offer advice on healthy living, losing weight and stopping smoking.

Telling your GP that you have HIV will help them have a full picture of your health to ensure you get the best possible care. For example, they will be able to take HIV into account in assessing any symptoms you have. And, if you are taking anti-HIV drugs, your GP will consider potential interactions with any other medications you need.

You can find your nearest GP on NHS Choices’ service finder at www.nhs.uk/Service-Search. Your HIV clinic may also have a list of GPs.

CD4, viral load & other tests

Published February 2017

Last reviewed February 2017

Next review February 2020

Contact NAM to find out more about the scientific research and information used to produce this booklet.

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.
Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.