What If You Just Diagnosed?
Perhaps the only information that will be able to assimilate the day it is announced to you that you have a positive result to your testing is that you are HIV positive.
Firstly, it is useful to talk to your doctor and discuss whatever is on your mind. It is understandable for you to have a lot of queries. There are no wrong or right questions. If you don’t understand some of the things you have heard, you shouldn’t worry. You will have many opportunities to get more information in the future.
It’s difficult task to predict what you will be thinking and feeling during the first hours after you find out the results.
The most common reactions are embarrassment, fear, confusion, crying, despair or anger.
Some people have said that they even felt relief, finding out what was wrong with them, at last. Others started taking more care of their health.
Careful though! Being HIV is not the death penalty. There are HIV positive people who have been living with the virus for more than 25 years and are still very healthy.
The truth is that there is no cure for the HIV, but effective medications do exist, keeping the virus under control.
After a positive diagnosis you may have some of the following questions:
- What’s the difference between HIV and AIDS?
- How long have I been positive?
- Which medications are available?
- When will I die?
You shouldn’t hesitate to ask any questions or pose any queries.
A specific service providing psycho-social support operates at the Centre for Life, while at the Drop – in Centre HIV positive individuals can find a friendly place to contact and communicate with other HIV positive people on issues related to HIV/AIDS and participate in the self-support groups.
If you’ve just been diagnosed with HIV, it is important to remember that the knowledge you gain is an ally for your health.