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 Bestmed - offering you quality healthcare and freedom of choice Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare Medihelp - quality, affordable medical scheme cover 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 Firms cash in on your flexi-time Lifestyle Poor dental health may affect thinking Lifestyle Cords from blinds may strangle kids Medical US state laws can help curb binge drinking Medical Better treatment slashes diabetes complications Medical Omega-3s can cross blood-brain barrier From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life. Live healthier Grief » Phases of grief Culture and grief Grieving in holidays How do you deal with grief? There is no right way of coping with death. The way a person grieves depends on the personality of that person and the relationship with the person who has died. Weight loss » Healthy snacking Weight and heart Texting and weight 10 tips to lose weight Need to shed some weight? Get rid of those extra kilos for good with these 10 expert weight loss tips, compiled by Health24's DietDoc, Dr Ingrid van Heerden.