You are newly diagnosed with HIV?
I bet you are in shock; most likely worried about your future, your job, and If married or in a relationship you are probably worried about your partner.
If you are a mother, you are worried that your precious child has been exposed to the virus as well. It is okay for you to have these fears and anxieties. They are normal and part of coming to terms with your new HIV status.
Relax! Now, it’s time to for you to act because the earlier you swing into action, the more likely you are to have a long and healthy life.
- If you are diagnosed with HIV, it means that you were exposed to the virus, and now living with the virus in your body.
- The sad news is that you will have HIV for life.
- It is important for you to start taking your HIV medicine (antiretroviral therapy [ART]) as soon as possible after you are diagnosed.
- The good news is that if you take your HIV medicine as prescribed, it will make your viral load so low so that it cannot be detected in a test (less than 200 copies of HIV per milliliter of blood).
- Keeping your viral load low is the best thing you can do to stay healthy, and not effectively pass on the virus to an HIV-negative sex partner.
- If you do not get medical care, HIV will attack your immune system and you will eventually develop AIDS.
- AIDS is what can make you get different types of life-threatening infections and cancer and can lead to death.
There is no cure for HIV.
However, there a lots of new medications that will keep you healthy for many years and help reduce your risk of infecting your sexual partners.
So, you have to be committed to taking your prescribed medicines and live with the knowledge that being HIV+ is not a death sentence.