The medical profession now considers HIV a chronic disease much like Type 2 diabetes. Adherence to a treatment regime, avoidance of risky behavior and careful health monitoring can extend life expectancy considerably, while neglect almost always leads to additional health problems and a reduction of life expectancy. As with all chronic conditions, the primary care provider plays an important role in helping the patient with HIV manage their condition effectively. When primary care providers incorporate HIV into their chronic care management services, people living with HIV/AIDS benefit.
This brief, created by PCDC’s HIP in Health Care team, addresses ways in which primary care providers can provide the best care for their patients with HIV/AIDS.