When you have tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), it is essential you have a compassionate and knowledgeable provider to manage your ongoing care. James A. Roberts, MD, of Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA, serves the Treasure Coast community from his office in Fort Pierce, Florida. He has over 40 years of experience treating chronic disease, like HIV. For a consultation and expert HIV management, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a chronic condition that damages the immune system of the body and prevents it from fighting infection. In its advanced stages, HIV causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
HIV is a sexually transmitted infection and transmits through any form of sexual contact. It can also spread through exposure to blood and bodily fluids of people with HIV. HIV can be transmitted from mother to baby through pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding.
There is no cure for HIV or AIDS, but with proper HIV management, you may live many years without significant symptoms or progression to AIDS.
Those at highest risk for getting HIV include anyone who has sexual contact with someone with HIV. Sexual contact includes oral, anal, or vaginal sex.
Those at high risk for getting HIV include:
Behaviors that place you at higher risk for getting HIV include:
If you are at high risk for having HIV or if you know you have been exposed to HIV, it is vital that you get tested. Testing not only ensures your best outcome but can keep you from further transmission of the disease.
Diagnosis of HIV occurs using a simple blood test. Blood tests don’t show HIV immediately after exposure but could take between 12 weeks and six months to show a positive result.
Some HIV tests can show positive results between 2-8 weeks after exposure, but a negative test doesn’t mean you don’t have the infection.
HIV management involves the administration of a specific combination of medications called antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART requires you to take medications multiple times a day with frequent monitoring for effectiveness.
In HIV management, Dr. Roberts closely monitors:
It is vital for effective HIV management that you work closely with Dr. Roberts to establish your personalized treatment plan. He is committed to supporting you throughout your HIV journey.
For compassionate, expert HIV management, call or schedule an appointment with Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA today.