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 » Finding the cure for Aids HIV/Aids Timeline 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 Selfmed - the one with the apple Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare Medihelp - quality, affordable medical scheme cover Frank.Net - save on life insurance! 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 Some COPD meds a heart risk Diet and nutrition Eating disorders on the rise Lifestyle Mbuli died of pulmonary embolism Medical Sugar injections ease knee arthritis pain Medical Computer may predict infectious influenza Medical Global Aids programme looks ahead From our sponsors There are more than 200 different viruses which can cause a cold A clinically proven skin care range is now available Medihelp’s regional information sessions Superior comfort and support Live healthier Be vitamin-smart » A-Z of vitamins What is vitamin C? Ask the expert Why we need vitamin D Even in a country with an abundance of sunlight you might have a vitamin D deficiency. Here's why. Beat acne » Stars with scars Acne tips Skincare Myths about acne Through the ages, there have been many myths about acne. We list the myths and give you the facts.