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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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Our Patient Reviews

Brent J. Michael, MD

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 34 reviews

Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

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

310-829-7777

310-829-9951

Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM