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Patients Living with HIV – Provider Resources

Treatment of chronic pain among individuals living with HIV/AIDS requires a delicate balance between relieving pain and managing complications or medication interactions. Creating an individualized treatment plan is key to the success and overall health and well-being.

Please note: It is important to ensure that patients living with HIV/AIDS feel accepted in the health care setting. Stigma and perceptions of discrimination can be debilitating for patients. Speaking in a non-judgmental way and creating an open communication between your patient and yourself is crucial to their overall health and well-being.

Pain in Patients Living with HIV/AIDS

HIV-Related Pain

  • Learn about what causes pain, common types of pain, assessing pain, and pain management for patients living with HIV/AIDS.

American Psychiatric Association’s Pain in HIV/AIDS Fact Sheet

  • Download this two-page fact sheet to learn more about the types of pain patients with HIV/AIDS may experience, why pain is underreported and undertreated, evaluation techniques and how to treat HIV-related pain.

Locate an HIV Care Provider

  • Access resources on the importance of finding a HIV healthcare provider and how to locate a provider.


Search the American Academy of HIV Medicine’s Referral Link

  • Use this directory to locate healthcare providers specializing in HIV management and prevention across the country.

Pain Management Guidelines for Treating Patients Living with HIV


2017 HIVMA of IDSA Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Chronic Pain in Patients Living With HIV

Access the first comprehensive guidelines developed for treating chronic pain in patients living with HIV.

  • To access the full document, including tables and references, CLICK HERE.
  • To purchase a pocket card on the guidelines, CLICK HERE.

Additional Resources on HIV and adolescent Sexual Health


For more information on HIV an adolescent sexual health, check out these resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics.


For more information on patients living with HIV, tailored toward patients and families: