HIV+ Test Results
If you just discovered that you tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, it’s very natural to be confused, feel scared and be unsure of what you should do next. Here are some recommendations for next steps:
First, take a deep breath and relax. While HIV is a serious disease, it’s not a death sentence like it was 20 or 30 years ago. The medicines that have been developed control or suppress the virus and allow HIV+ people to live happy, healthy, productive lives.
Next, create a plan for how you’re going to address this diagnosis. Specifically, you should:
- Locate an HIV Specialist you would like to start seeing. Check with your primary care physician for recommendations. Make an appointment and visit the specialist to begin a plan for comprehensive treatment.
- Learn more about HIV, but don’t overload your brain. Over the next six months, learn more about the disease and related issues such as health insurance. Write down questions you have and ask your healthcare provider.
- Be extra-cognizant of your physical health. Make sure you stick to any medication regimen and take the best care of yourself that you can. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids.
- Maintain good emotional health. It’s easy to become depressed or withdrawn at the news you are HIV+ Resist the inclination to isolate yourself and make sure you maintain relationships with other people.