What if I have just found out I am HIV positive?

If you have just been diagnosed this can be a scary time.

Stop. Take time. It is going to be ok.

An HIV diagnosis may be unexpected. Or may have been something you were worrying about for a long time.

Even though it may not feel like it, your health will be better now you know your HIV status. This is because you can now get the right monitoring and treatment.

Finding out you are HIV positive changes how you feel about your life. It is likely to change your relationships with other people. You have the time to work this all out.

It will probably take a while for the news to sink in. Some aspects of being HIV positive take time to come to terms with.

Even if you feel worried, frightened, upset or angry now, it will get easier. You will still be able do all the things you wanted to do before you learned that you were HIV positive.

HIV for most people can be easily managed and treated. This doesn’t mean that life will always be easy or that HIV should been taken lightly. It does mean that if you are careful, you can live a long and healthy life.

Treatment is highly effective, generally easy to take and is now routinely recommended for anyone who is HIV positive. Being on treatment also makes it difficult to pass HIV to other people.

Although finding out you are HIV positive is a shock, it will get easier.

Modern treatment means that you can still do everything you planned before you found out you were positive. You can also have as long and as healthy a life as if you were HIV negative.

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