There it was.
I stared at the screen again, not wanting to believe it.
She was positive for HIV?!?!??!
Do you make someone take time off of work and pay another copay to come in and see you so you can deliver this kind of news in person? Or do you call and let them know by phone ASAP so they can protect their sexual partners?
Some patients want the face to face.
Some patients do not.
She was brand new to the clinic. I didn’t preface her visit with the, “If we get something bad, how do you prefer to get those results?” conversation. Neither of us was expecting it to come back positive. She was married. By all accounts she was low risk, but still I ask everyone if they want STD testing even if they are married. She had shrugged and said, “Sure, why not?” It was just a routine physical for crying out loud.
What would YOU do if you were the physician?