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HIV/AIDS Santa Monica, CA

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a sexually transmitted virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or as it is better known, AIDS. This is a blood-borne virus and can also be transmitted through open sores. Infected mothers can pass HIV to their unborn child during pregnancy or labor. Babies can also be infected while nursing.

HIV does not immediately weaken your immune system. It can take years before it develops into life-threatening AIDS. This incurable disease can be held in check, and its progress slowed by medications.

Treatment for HIV/AIDS involves a lifelong regimen of medications to control the virus. This type of treatment is called antiretroviral therapy, or ART. A variety of classes of drugs block the virus in different ways. Because one type of drug can lead to the virus becoming resistant, patients are usually prescribed three different drugs for two different classes. This protocol is recommended for everyone with HIV infection.

Dr. Michael has the expertise to diagnose and treat HIV/AIDS. Treatment for this disease can be involved and requires regular visits to monitor your condition and the effectiveness of the treatment. Medications have side effects, some of which can be unpleasant.

Living With HIV/AIDS

A diagnosis of HIV/AIDS no longer has the stigma of being an immediately terminal illness, though it is still a very serious and incurable disease. Proper self-care, along with diligence in taking your medications will make the disease manageable.

It is crucial to inform sex partners that you have the disease if you test positive for HIV/AIDS. Early treatment usually means a more positive prognosis for most individuals. You may need to make a few lifestyle changes to minimize your exposure to circumstances that could negatively impact your health.

A diagnosis of HIV/AIDS can be devastating; however, there are a wide variety of resources and services in place to help those living with this disease. Counselors, social workers and nurses are available for help and support. Dr. Michael and his team will help you find the resources and support you need. Schedule your appointment today for HIV/AIDS testing.

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Brent J. Michael, MD

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Ashly Tucker

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Dr. Michael takes time to listen, diagnose, and prescribe the best treatment possible. He made me feel comfortable talking to him about all of my health concerns and I left my appointment with answers to all of my questions. Dr Michael really understood what I was feeling both emotionally and physically and communicated that understanding to me.

Jose Hernandez

Dr. Michaels is easy to talk to, down-to-earth as well as smart and competent. It feels more like you’re getting good advice from a personal friend who is also a licensed physician. I have been recommending him to friends and family for years now and with absolutely no complaints. He is always able to fit me into his schedule and help me as promptly as possible. I haven’t had to wait more than twenty minutes after checking in to see him. He is very knowledgeable and polite and is willing to answer all of my questions without being rude or cold.

Alex D.

Dr. Michael is very friendly and easy to talk to. His staff is great and his nurse was absolutely wonderful. I didn’t catch her name but she was quick, very efficient and friendly! I will definitely be sticking around with this doc for as long as I can

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 1260W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-829-7777

310-829-9951

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