If you’ve recently received positive HIV test results, you may feel afraid, overwhelmed, and isolated. It’s natural to feel this way, and you’re likely to have many questions and concerns.
You don’t need to feel alone. If you’re one of the approximately 1.2 million Americans living with an HIV diagnosis, there are resources available to help you today.
This guide will explain what to do immediately after your diagnosis, and help you live a longer and healthier life.
See a Medical Professional
After learning that you are HIV positive, feelings of fear and uncertainty can hold you back from getting the help you need. You must see an HIV doctor at an HIV clinic as soon as possible – don’t put it off. You can ask your HIV testing center for a referral.
An HIV specialist will perform tests to determine your immune system function, how the HIV infection is progressing, and markers for your overall health. Using this information, they will be able to determine the best treatment plan for you and give you advice on how you should proceed.
Your HIV doctor will explain what course to take and prescribe medical HIV treatment based on your assessment. HIV drugs can help to slow the progression from HIV to AIDS, reduce transmission rates, and improve quality of life.
Learn the Facts
Take the time to find out the facts about HIV. Modern understanding of HIV is constantly progressing, and some of the information available is outdated or untrue. You can use our trusted service for factual information and advice about living with HIV or seek information from government resources and non-profit organizations.
Learn about HIV vs. AIDS and HIV treatments, as well as their possible side effects, to inform your decision-making when it comes to experimental treatments.
It’s also worth talking to other people who are living with HIV. This can help you gain perspective and get answers from somebody who has been through the same experience as you.
Upon receiving your HIV test results, it’s normal to feel very isolated and alone. It is crucial that you reach out for emotional support to concur with your medical HIV treatment. HIV clinics can refer you to emotional support groups and counselors who will help you come to terms with the results of your HIV testing.
Online forums and message boards also provide a non-judgmental community for people who are living with HIV and their families. Finding a stigma-free and safe space to discuss HIV and AIDS can be very beneficial following a diagnosis.
Dealing With a Positive HIV Test
We understand the impact a positive HIV test can have on your life. That’s why we strive to find the best treatment plan for each of our patients and support them through the entire process.
If you’ve been diagnosed, or require testing for HIV, please contact us today.