What Type Of Doctor Should You See?

An HIV Specialist

On the one hand, you are simply going to get better care from HIV specialists who have experience treating people at all stages of the disease.

The complex nature of HIV, the pace of new drugs coming online, the expanding treatment protocols, and the individual response to medications make HIV one of the most complicated conditions to treat.

The only way to stay ahead of the curve, to understand what is likely to work for one person but not another, is to have a large patient base so you can see the fluctuations, respond quickly, and develop new paths to wellness.

A Family Practice Physician

On the other hand, seeing an HIV specialist for all your needs may not make much sense.  Because HIV treatment is so effective, helping many to lead a normal life, you are likely going to need far more “regular healthcare” from a family practice physician than specialized treatment from an HIV expert.

In fact, HIV treatment is so effective that once patients gets stabilized with the right combination of meds, they’ll be seeing their doctors more for non-HIV related conditions than anything concerning their HIV. If you see a doctor who ONLY specializes in HIV, you could be shortchanging your other health needs.

An MD Specializing In Both

The good news is that you do not need to choose one or the other. You can have the best of both worlds.

As an Internal Medicine and HIV specialist who treats hundreds of men with HIV, I can tell you there is a great advantage to having all your medical needs treated under one roof. The convenience factor alone is worth it—you don’t have to ping-pong between two doctors, saving yourself an enormous drain on time and resources–but the synergy between typical healthcare needs and specialized HIV treatment means better outcomes.

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I want you to get the best possible care even if it isn’t with us. It’s difficult to get treatment from a private practice
if you don’t have insurance and often even the insured don’t get to choose their preferred doctor. If that’s the case with you,
I’d like to help you decide the best alternatives to getting help with these suggestions:

How To Choose An HIV Doctor
In Atlanta If You Have Insurance.

Obviously, the doctor you choose should be knowledgeable about HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and have lots experience treating patients with HIV and AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). There’s an easy way to find out how experienced your HIV doctor might be: Ask them how many HIV patients they’ve treated.

Personality is another thing to consider when choosing an HIV doctor in Atlanta. Do you feel at ease with the doctor? Can you talk comfortably? Is he or she looking at his computer when they talk to you or looking straight into your eyes? Your doctor’s personality, approach and responsiveness is a critical component to good care.

Always interview as many doctors as you can to find the best fit. During the interviews I suggest you also ask the following questions:

  • Does the doctor want you to take an active part in decision-making or does he or she prefer a more traditional doctor-patient relationship?

  • Do you want a doctor who is aggressive about treatment — encouraging you to try new drugs or participate in research trials or do you want a doctor with a more conservative bent?

  • Does your doctor believe in complementary care like vitamin therapies or homeopathy? If that’s what you believe in you should seek out a doctor that shares your beliefs.

  • Is your doctor board-certified in Internal Medicine? Does he specialize in HIV?

  • What is the average wait time for appointments? How long does it take for him or her to return phone calls?

  • Does the doctor have a solid referral base of specialists?


How to Find an Atlanta HIV/AIDS Doctor Who’s In Your Network.

If you already have a primary care physician with whom you feel comfortable, find out if this person also has the skills and experience to be your HIV/AIDS doctor.
If not, they can refer you to a specialist. If you need to find a new HIV/AIDS doctor, and don’t know where to begin, here are a few ideas to help you get started:


  • Contact a local HIV/AIDS organization for the names of several doctors (see below for a great list of care providers).
  • Contact your insurance provider for doctors in Atlanta with HIV experience.
  • Search The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). They represent physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who specialize in infectious diseases. They promote excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases. You can find excellent HIV doctors in Atlanta by accessing their Atlanta HIV Physician Directory.

How To Find An HIV Doctor
In Atlanta If You Don’t Have Insurance

Each of these organizations help with the prevention and treatment of HIV in Atlanta. Click on their sites and they’ll show you how to get help.


Valuable Resources To Educate Yourself on HIV

These are reliable sources that will give you the facts on different issues:


CDC HIV Basics

Solid answers to questions like “What is HIV, Where did it come from and Is there a cure?

CDC On How HIV is Transmitted

How many people are infected with HIV, how many people are living with HIV, and more.

CDC On How HIV is Trasmitted

How is HIV passed from one person to another? How well does HIV survive outside the body and more.


It would be our privilege to keep you healthy for the rest of your life. If that’s possible call us right now at 404-888-0228 and set up an appointment. If it’s not, know that we care about you getting the best possible care somewhere. To that end we sincerely hope we’ve given you enough options on this page to help.

To your health!

Dr. T. Douglas Gurley MD