First time using telehealth for HIV? Find out what you need to know.
All About Telehealth for HIV
Telehealth allows doctors to care for people virtually over a phone call, text message, or most commonly, video chat.
Although some situations require an in-person visit, telehealth is a great option when you can't get to the doctor's office for your HIV.
If you're new to telehealth, here's what you need to know.
Medicare will cover telehealth visits just like in-person visits, but state Medicaid programs and private insurers vary, so confirm your coverage in advance.
With telehealth, even though you're not in the doctor's office, your private health information is still covered by HIPAA, so it will remain confidential and secure.
Although your doctor can't give you a physical exam via telehealth, they can write prescriptions and offer quality care, especially if you prepare in advance.
Before your telehealth appointment:- List any HIV symptoms or signs of complications–and include dates and severity- Note any side effects from your HIV medications, like gastrointestinal upset, heart problems, weak bones, high blood sugar or cholesterol, signs of kidney or liver damage, or cognitive issues- Record your vital signs if you own a blood pressure monitor, thermometer, or another device- Compile a list of your health conditions and all medications, including supplements- Write down any questions you have for your doctor- Charge your computer or phone- Make sure your internet is reliable- Download any telehealth apps your specific provider may require- Find a quiet, private space to conduct the call- Be prepared with pen and paper or a note-taking app
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Medical Reviewers:William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Review Date:09-01-2020
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