FTS Academy

Taking Control: Living with HIV – Introduction

A brief introduction to the Course. ( Extracted from the PDF)


If you have been diagnosed with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), you need to make certain health care decisions. The purpose of this publication is to assist you in making those decisions and to address your concerns regarding access to health care, medical record confidentiality and privacy issues, HIV testing and reporting, paying for health care, and taking legal control over future decisions that affect your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Taking Control is written for people in Maryland and relies on this State’s laws, as they exist on the date of publication. However, these laws often change so it is important for you to
contact an attorney if you have a specific legal problem.

Finding a Health Care Provider

HIV is a chronic illness that requires early detection and competent health care. It is very important to find health care providers who are knowledgeable about the disease, are aware of current treatment plans, and who are sensitive to your special needs and your concerns. Referral services are available to assist you in selecting a primary care physician or an HIV experienced practitioner, a dentist, a mental health care counselor, a nutritionist, or any other related health care professional.


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