If you’ve recently found out you have HIV, this can be a truly upsetting experience. However, just like the millions of other people with HIV, this is not a death sentence. Due to improvements in HIV treatment, you can live a long and fulfilling life with proper care and treatment. Although this can be challenging at times, there are a lot of resources to help you get your life back on track. So what should you do after being diagnosed?
Relax. Breathe. And find support.
You might experiencing feelings of despair, and you may already be having symptoms of the disease. The first thing to do is to breath. You might want to cry and it is perfectly okay to do so. Find someone you absolutely trust who can help you through this period. This may be a close family member, a close friend or another person whom you trust. Finding the right person may be difficult, but always remember that you can always wait till you are ready before you disclose to anyone. Also, the people you trust may be stronger than you are and may be able to help you pull through. However, always wait till you are ready before you disclose, and be prepared for the person to respond in ways you did not expect. Check out this article for tips on HIV disclosure.
Learn about your disease.
It will make a great difference if you stay informed about your disease. Learn more about the basics of HIV, how to prevent transmission to others and how to get into care. Doing so will help you make meaningful changes to your life that will help you have a healthy long life.
Find a doctor and get into treatment.
Ultimately, one of the most important things is to find a doctor who is knowledgeable about HIV, who can help you get into the right care and treatment. Click here for a list of doctors who can help you get the proper care. With the right treatment, you can live a health fulfilling life. So don’t despair! Read positive stories from other persons living with HIV, and stay connected with persons who might find themselves in the same situation as you.
Send us a message and we will get in touch with you to follow through the next steps of your HIV diagnosis. Remember, HIV is not a death sentence! And life is not over, unless you stop living!