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HIV/AIDS

01 December 2009

HIV-positive: what now?

When you test positive for HIV, the news will usually come from a doctor or a health professional. What is the next step and what should you do next?

When you test positive for HIV, the news will usually come from a doctor or a health professional. What is the next step and what should you do next?

3. Screening Tests
HIV-infected people should undergo tests for other medical conditions, such as syphilis or tuberculosis. A pap smear is recommended for HIV-infected women in order to rule out cervical abnormalities. It is important to stick to all prescribed medication.

  • Tell people who will give you love and support, but you don’t have to tell everyone else, except people with whom you have had sexual contact.
  • Look after your health. Get exercise, take vitamins, eat regularly and make sure you get enough rest.
  • See a counsellor to help you come to terms with your HIV status.
  • Find out if there is a support group of some sorts in your area. Sometimes sharing things with people in the same situation can be very meaningful.
  • Get more than one opinion on medication. There are some widely differing views regarding HIV and Aids medication.

 

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