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 Lifestyle Drug-resistant bacteria cause stubborn infections Lifestyle Your 'bacteria types' are as individual as you are Medical Belgian doctors transplant windpipes Mental health Football players' brains take a beating Parenting Researchers discover how sperm and eggs 'hook up' Medical Free samples may lead to expensive prescriptions From our sponsors Momentum Health OatWell Dual Cross Is being overweight or obese dangerous? Tips to keep your immunity strong this winter Smile your way to better health Live healthier Strenghten your immunity » Keep your immunity strong Immune system boosters Boost your family's immunity 5 immune boosters in your kitchen You don’t need a handful of vitamins and supplements to keep your body healthy, check out these five immune boosting foods you probably already have in your kitchen. Laugh a little » Eat yourself happy Laugh more and live longer Laughing yoga the best medicine The healing power of laughter A good chuckle doesn't only make you feel happy for a moment, it's beneficial to your health too.