Key points of the treatment and care people with HIV live long and healthy lives.
You may experience many different emotions when you discover that you have HIV.
- HIV treatment reducedincrease the level of HIV in your body and reduce the damage to your immune system.
Finding out you have HIV it can be an experience that changes your life once and for all in a surprising and surprisingly frightening way !. You may find it difficult to bear this at the moment, but it is good that you have discovered that you have HIV now.
So by simplifying it, finding out you have HIV can save your life.
This allows even now that you have the opportunity to do regular check-ups to monitor your HIV. Physicians and other trained professionals will be able to provide the care you need, including HIV treatment and medicines to prevent other diseases and infections.
Yes, it is still true, it is worth knowing that with the right treatment and care, people with HIV are living a long and healthy life (see the package leaflet Prognosis for more information).
The timing of your diagnosis can be a difficult time to make decisions. Such decisions may include start the treatment of HIV or tell close family and friends about your diagnosis.
You may experience many different emotions when you discover that you have HIV and it is important to know that you do not have to deal with your diagnosis alone. Family and friends can be a really valuable source of support, but if you do not feel ready to talk to the people closest to you, there are other ways to find support.
Note, therefore, that we have many NGOs involved in the process of receiving newly diagnosed people, I would highlight GAPA, Pella Vida, GIV and the National Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS and the Fan Page from my blog
So, in addition to the support available through the Ministry of Health (I speak based on almost 25 years of life with HIV, but I do not know how things will be in the middle of this "new government", as through their HIV clinic, there are institutions charities that offer various support services such as information, counseling, counseling and peer support.
To find out what is available in your area, you can call Disk AIDS or ask your doctor.
For online support, including counseling and peer support through discussion forums, you may find the National Network of People with HIV / AIDS website helpful.
There are also some channels on Youtube, where you can find My Channel, in fact a channel for the Blog, still in development.
Hopefully you can learn something on the National STD / AIDS Coordination.
O HIV is a virus that attacks the body's defense against infections and diseases - the immune system.
But you can use drugs to reduce the level of HIV in your body and slow or prevent damage to your immune system, so it may have been good for you to have received the diagnosis now! But we still need to know your viral load and CD4 count!
These drugs are not a cure, but they can help you stay well and lead a longer and healthier life.
They can also help prevent you from passing HIV to someone else.
Everyone who has been diagnosed as an HIV Reagent, HIV positive, is recommended to start HIV treatment.
However, the decision to do so is yours.
Before starting treatment, it is important that you understand how it works and what it involves.
You may need a little time before you feel ready to start.
You will not have to make any decisions about the treatment on the day of your diagnosis.
You may be asked to go back and see an HIV specialist in the coming days or weeks when you can talk about your options.
It is very important that you have regular check-ups, even if you choose not to start treatment for HIV now. This may mean going to your HIV clinic every three to six months.
If you are not well or are not initiating treatment for HIV, you will need more regular inquiries. In these consultations, you will be asked how you are feeling, if you have any symptoms and will do blood tests. This will you and your doctor a better understanding of how your body is dealing with HIV.
On the day of your diagnosis, a follow-up appointment should have been made for you with an HIV specialist.
"Everyone who is diagnosed HIV positive should start treatment for HIV right away."
In the UK, you do not need to go to the same clinic where you were diagnosed. In fact, you can go to any HIV clinic in the country. It is important that you feel at ease in the clinic where you are going. Some people prefer larger clinics, others like smaller, less busy clinics.
There are two main tests to monitor HIV.
A CD4 cell count measures the number of CD4 immune cells in a small amount of blood. The other key test is called the viral load, and this measures how HIV is active in your body. You will also have other tests to check your heart, liver e kidneys.
Telling people you have HIV
Take the time to think about who you are going to say you have HIV.
Also think about how you will do this and what kind of support you would like them to give.
Can you anticipate what will be the best, worst, or most likely reaction of a person?
You can start by telling the people you trust the most, or who is closest to you (partner, family, or trusted friends, for example) and who you think will be most supportive.
If you have been infected very recently
Some people are diagnosed with HIV soon after being infected with the virus. The first few weeks after HIV infection are called primary HIV infection, or acute HIV infection.
Some people experience an illness that includes a high temperature, swollen glands, sore throat and rash.
Safe Sex is particularly important in reducing the risk of transmitting HIV to others.
Getting More Information
Ask questions at your clinic if there is something you do not understand. Chances are they will be supportive and helpful.
Among the news sources of Soropositivo.Org also produces a comprehensive information site on HIV, called www.aidsmap.com, where you can find many resources, information and sign for free e-mail newsletters. It also includes first hand accounts of people living with HIV in a section called In your own words.
Translated by Cláudio Souza from the original in Information for people recently diagnosed with HIV, scrotum Michael Carter