Say No to AIDS

Here are some of the more typical questions to ask at a treatment centre. Remember everyone there wants to help you get the answers you need.  



You probably have many questions for your team at the treatment sites. You may have different questions depending on whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with HIV for a long time. You may consider writing your questions down on paper or in a note on your phone so that you remember them when you go to the clinic.

Below are some common questions that people ask their doctors, nurses, etc. Take a look at these and feel free to add your own. If you feel any fears about asking questions, be sure to reach out to a patient advocate.


Living With HIV

  • How will I know if my immune system is working?
  • Can I still exercise and be physically active with HIV?
  • How do I know if I am becoming sick?
  • How can I protect others from getting HIV?
  • Do I have to take medication if I am feeling Okay?
  • Are there things I should change about my day-to-day life?
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Can I still have sex if I am HIV positive?
  • Is it possible for me to get pregnant and not pass on the virus to my children?
  • Will treatment mean that I will not die from HIV or AIDS?


Your Relationship With Your Doctor And Nurse

  • How much experience do you have in treating people living with HIV?
  • How often do I need to come to the clinic?
  • Can I speak with you between appointments?
  • Will you conduct a physical examination?
  • If you are not available and I have an issue, which doctor would I see?


Taking HIV Medication For The First Time

The chart below provides you with a brief snapshot of some members of your treatment team.

  • How do you decide which medications I should be taking?
  • What kind of side effects can I expect for medications?
  • Are there side effects? or What are the side effects?
  • What can I do to deal with side effects?
  • How long do side effects last when I start a new treatment?
  • Is there any other therapy or medication that I should take?


Changing Medication/Treatment

  • Will I experience side effects with a medication change?
  • Why do I have to change medication?
  • Can I take herbal medicine to cure HIV?