Combined HIV and Primary Care

Why have two physicians: one for primary care and a second for HIV medicine? we offer combined care in one location.

Beginning in the 1980’s, the medical management of those living with HIV was provided mostly by infectious disease (ID) specialists, who did not address primary care needs. It was necessary for a patient to be followed, for other health concerns, by a primary care physician (PCP) who typically was unfamiliar with HIV medicine. This often resulted in disjointed care, double the number of doctor visits and duplication of lab testing.

As medical science and treatments have advanced, HIV management has become more routine and commonplace, much like the care of other chronic diseases, such as diabetes or hypertension. A PCP with experience in HIV medicine can provide a single setting in which all health concerns of a patient with HIV are addressed. As a specialists in internal medicine, Dr. Lyter has been providing primary care for the LGBTQ+ for over 20 years. He also first began working with patients with HIV (called GRID in those days) in 1982 and has been doing so ever since.

We therefore offer comprehensive primary care for those living with HIV in an integrated way. We welcome those who are newly diagnosed as well as clients already on anti-retrovirals. We provide convenient in-house lab draws by our staff for both HIV and primary care testing.

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