14. Build Your Own Dream Team Not everyone can afford a team of celebrity doctors, personal chefs, and expensive therapists, but most HIVers have access to qualified professionals at local HIV clinics and organizations. Consider talking to a nutritionist to find out which foods that are right for your needs as well as seeing a qualified counselor to determine a plan to strengthen your mental health. While professionals at private practices may unaffordable for some people, many offer a sliding fee scale, with the fee is based on what you can afford to pay. Don't be afraid to ask. Lopez also suggests doing some research to assure that a potential therapist has some understanding of HIV/AIDS, and any community or culture that you may also identify with, like Asian, African-American, Latino, or LGBT.
15. Consider Personalized Meds One of the burgeoning trends in the medical field is personalized medicine for a patient based on their demographic information and genes. ''We're going to have a lot more genetic tests for people to specifically tailor medication,'' Risley says. ''We just assume that if you take this one particular medication, your body will absorb it, but not everyone has the same absorption capabilities.'' While genetically tailored treatment is not widespread, it may be soon. Talk to your doctor about developments regarding ailments such as depression, colorectal cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.