Diagnosed with HIV?
If you recently discovered that you have HIV, you are probably starting to look for information around you about what that means. You may also want to know what you can do about it. Reading this chapter is an excellent starting point. You are taking the first step in the lifelong journey of learning to live with HIV.
Unlike me, you enter this “Parallel Universe” with a lot of information! Unfortunately not all of it is reliable, I know. But when I entered this universe, there was no website!
Only the National STD / AIDS Program and GAPA
And this blog, as of August 2000, this blog is where you are now.
There Soropositivo.Org Living with HIV
But the first thing you have to keep in mind is that you are, yes, very well ”…
…Are you alright …
The first thing you need to know is that you are fine. You will not die immediately. You do not need to tell everyone that you are HIV positive. But most importantly, you don't have to pretend everything is as it was before, because it isn't. Just remember, your life is not over. You have plenty of time to deal with this news.
It is normal for you to feel many different emotions as you accept the idea of living with HIV.
Getting a diagnosis of HIV changes your life forever. It is normal for you to feel many different emotions in accepting the idea of living with HIV. How are you feeling now? Maybe you're calm, maybe you're scared, or maybe you're fine until someone makes a thoughtless remark. Maybe you are drinking and partying a little too much or have retreated to your shell, but now you feel like you can't do this forever.
Whatever you are feeling, it is really important to tell yourself that everything is fine and allow yourself to feel those feelings. It is a good idea to express them - be angry, be sad, have confidence, be calm, be afraid, be numb.
If you feel overwhelmed by your feelings, try to be careful not to hurt yourself or the people around you. Consider getting help from professional counselors, friends and family, and especially others living with HIV.
Talking about your feelings can help a lot.
Do you have a future
People with HIV now live long and productive lives.
You may not believe it now, but HIV is not a death sentence. There have been significant advances in HIV care and treatment. People with HIV now live long and productive lives. In fact, doctors think that with treatment, many people with HIV can live their natural lifespan.
So, as you are likely to be for a while, you have a future. You can still do sex, can still have meaningful relationships, can still have a family and can still have a career. You may be thinking that it makes no sense to pursue any of the goals you had before you were diagnosed. Tell yourself that it's okay to feel discouraged now, but don't give up on yourself or your dreams. If you are feeling sad and hopeless or if you do not like the things you normally do, and the feelings do not go away, you may want to talk to your doctor about it. You may be going through depression. This is normal and there are treatments that can help you.
There are groups called AIDS service organizations, or CTAs, that help people with HIV.
Will there be many new challenges? Yes - health and social - but there are services and individuals available to help you. There are groups called AIDS service organizations, sometimes called ASOs, that help people with HIV - people like you. AIDS service organizations are also a good way to meet other people living with HIV. You may not be ready to contact an AIDS service organization yet, and that's fine. Take your time. They will be there to help you when you are ready to talk to someone.
The fact that you have been diagnosed with HIV means that you can take steps to take care of yourself.
You may think it would be better never to have discovered your serology. And, well, it's true that it's hard to hear right from the start. But the fact that you have been diagnosed means that you can take steps to take care of yourself. Knowledge is power. It's a cliche, but with HIV it's true. By knowing your status, you can decide how you want to live with the virus. You may not want to know much at first, but over time make sure that you learn what you need and find your own way of living with HIV.
Managing your health It will guide you through the steps you need to know to take care of yourself while learning to live with HIV.
Manage your health It will guide you through the steps you need to know to take care of yourself while learning to live with HIV. Some of the first things you might consider doing are locating a doctor who has experience in treating people with HIV, connecting to services for people with HIV, and learning how to keep you and those around you healthy.
This chapter is adapted from the CATIE publication.“Just diagnosed with HIV. ”
Translated by Claudio Souza's original “Just diagnosed with HIV. ”
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