Are You HIV Positive?
It can be overwhelming to learn about your HIV status. You may feel very alone but that cannot be further than the truth. There are many resources at your disposal which will be detailed here. You are among over 1 million people living with HIV in the U.S. alone.
HIV-positive is not a death sentence that it used to be. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Being HIV-positive does not mean you have AIDS. There are many way to treat HIV but as of today it is a chronic condition that you will need to learn to live with.
With a treatment regimen, healthy lifestyle you can still a normal, long and productive life.
Here are a few things to get you started in this difficult time.
Go to a Doctor or AIDS Service Organization Right Away
After finding out you have HIV, fear about the future may make it hard for you to take action. But once you know you're HIV-positive, see a doctor with experience in HIV and AIDS as soon as you can. Don't put it off. Your AIDS doctor will run tests to see how well your immune system is working, how fast the HIV is progressing, and how healthy your body is overall. With this and other information, your doctor can work with you to develop the best treatment plan, including when and how to begin treatment. HIV drugs can often slow or prevent the progression of HIV to AIDS. Left untreated, though, HIV can lead to serious illness and death.
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Learn What It Means to Be HIV-Positive
Information is power, especially when that information can save your life. These steps will allow you to take an active role in your care.
- Read about HIV in other sections of this web site.
- Seek information from government or nonprofit educational organizations with a focus on HIV and AIDS.
- Learn about both experimental and standard HIV treatments, as well as their side effects.
- Talk with others who have been diagnosed as being HIV-positive.