What makes Spectrum Medical a leader in HIV care for patients in the Phoenix area?
Spectrum Medical provides the most advanced care to HIV patients and their partners. Having been a principal investigator in more than 150 clinical trials focused on HIV treatment and management, Dr. Vanig continues to lead Spectrum Medical as a frontrunner in HIV treatment and care. Our dedication to HIV research includes having an outreach team focused on identifying and recruiting patients to participate in trials of new therapies and cutting-edge treatments.
What does HIV care involve?
HIV care must be individualized for each patient based on their unique needs and symptoms. Treatment consists of a combination of medicines, often referred to as a “drug cocktail” or anti-retroviral therapy (ART), designed to control the infection, manage symptoms, and prevent the infection from developing into AIDS. Typically, most patients take at least three medications per day.
Today, there are more HIV medications than ever before aimed at preventing the virus from replicating or slowing the growth of the virus, enabling providers and patients to custom tailor therapy to address their specific symptoms and reduce the risk of side effects. During treatment, ongoing blood tests and exams help ensure dosing remains optimized to control the viral load (the amount of virus in the blood). People with HIV who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load by taking antiretroviral therapy daily as prescribed cannot sexually transmit HIV to others (Undetectable = Untransmittable).
Does Spectrum offer HIV care beyond medication?
Yes. As a certified HIV care provider, we offer comprehensive medical care, including preventive care, physical exams, and care for specific medical issues including STIs. Plus, we can help patients and their families identify other resources within the Phoenix metro area that offer additional support services as needed.
HIV testing is easier than ever. The newest 4th Generation tests can detect HIV infection in as little as two weeks from exposure, proving to be simple, fast, and reliable.