HIV/AIDS

HIV what now

9 myths about HIV

Most myths about HIV and Aids arise from a lack of accurate information. Dr Avron Urison tackles some of the more common misconceptions.

HIV Peer Forum FAQs

Our HIV Peer forum is an online community where users support and share their experience of living positively with HIV.

Should you disclose?

How do you disclose your HIV status to your loved ones? And how do you provide support if someone discloses to you?

Living positively

When you are diagnosed as HIV-positive it needn't be the end of your life, it just means that you have to start living positively. Here are some ways to do just that.

What about sex now?

To be HIV positive does not mean that this is the end of your sex life. Sex forms a very important part of one’s psychological health and well-being - as it is nurturing, relaxing and stress-relieving. It is, however, extremely important for the HIV positive person to always practice safer sex.

Stick to your ARV treatment plan

Antiretroviral medicine can play a huge part in preventing positive people from transmitting the virus – but only if they keep their viral loads undetectable.

My mom is HIV+

To disclose or not to disclose your HIV status – the debate continues. But very few people talk about whether, or how, you should disclose to your small children.

I’m HIV positive – what now?

To receive an HIV-positive test result is never easy. You will probably experience feelings of fear, loss, grief, guilt, denial, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem and depression.

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HIV/Aids expert

Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl qualified at the University of Pretoria before working for an HIV/AIDS NPO in Soweto for many years. She was named one of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans in 2012.

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