Home > Medical > HIV/Aids > HIV what now 29 May 2009 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. 0 Pin It Assess Your HIV risk » Test Your HIV/Aids knowledge » Talk HIV Talk forum » Follow Health24 on Twitter » Real-life story: HIV is not a death sentence Helping HIV-positive kids in South Africa 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. It is, however, important to remember that HIV infection is a chronic disease and can be managed very effectively. HIV infection is an immune-system disease, and it is within your own power to keep your immune system as healthy as possible. Care for your immune system by taking care of yourself. Eat healthy, avoid junk food, take vitamins, rest, exercise, avoid smoking, alcohol abuse and recreational drugs, do fun things with your life, laugh and manage your stress. Join a support group and keep in contact with friends and family. Find a doctor who is an expert in HIV management. Go for regular routine visits. Get treatment for opportunistic infections when necessary (for example, tuberculosis and pneumocystis pneumonia). Treat STIs (sexual transmitted infections) immediately. Always practise safer sex (for example, using a condom during sexual intercourse). Talk to your doctor about anti-retrovirals. Take control of your own health by staying informed. (Health24) More in Medical Living positively More: HIV/AidsHIV what now advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical What we know about Reeva’s Injuries Medical Steaks hold a toxic surprise for Florida family. News Hearing-aid apps pump up the volume Fitness How much protein do exercisers need? Lifestyle Blood spatter analysis – how it works Parenting Some parents prefer mobiles to kids at mealtimes From our sponsors Recovery after exercise is an essential part of any workout What is Metabolic Syndrome? Could you have it? Eyecare for computer users Treet-It Anti-Lice aiding schools in the prevention of Head Lice Live healthier Beware of the danger! » Asthma danger zones 13 danger zones Teen dangers 21 dangerous things people do Here are 21 things people do without thinking. But they are dangerous, and could kill you or the people around you. Preventing HIV » Male screening tests HIV protective shots HIV vaccine Vaginal ring to prevent pregnancy, HIV and herpes A new vaginal ring, similar to existing birth control rings, promises to provide months of protection against pregnancy, HIV and herpes.