At MCHC, our HIV medical program offers patients an opportunity to receive outstanding HIV-specialty and primary care. An individualized treatment plan is developed with the patient and tailored to his or her lifestyle and needs.
The doctor or nurse practitioner is responsible for designing a treatment plan with the patient. MCHC's medical providers are HIV specialists who also emphasize the importance of primary health care. When a patient considers beginning HIV treatment, the provider discusses the goals of treatment with them,explaining the importance of adherence to medication and acknowledging the possible challenges of this. The provider discusses potential side effects and enlists the patient as a partner in the treatment plan.
The nurse case manager is responsible for supporting the patient in meeting their goals and helping them address specific needs related to his/her primary health care and HIV specialty care. Nurses at MCHC are experienced with HIV, and are able to understand the unique needs and challenges faced by our patients.
The patient is responsible for participating in his/her care by communicating with members of the medical staff about his/her beliefs, needs, and concerns. Treatment plans are developed with an emphasis on wellness and prevention, with the patient being key to the process.