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First Steps After Your Recent HIV Diagnosis

It’s normal to be scared and overwhelmed after finding out you tested positive for HIV. Nowadays, HIV is considered a chronic treatable condition, so knowing your status is the best first step to staying healthy with medical treatment and self-care.

HIV/AIDS diagnosis

In This Article:

  • About a million people in the U.S. live with HIV, and about 1 in 7 don’t realize they are infected. But if you are diagnosed, there are still many ways to live a long and healthy life.
  • Visit a doctor to start HIV medications called antiretroviral therapy (ART) immediately after your diagnosis, even if you do not feel sick. You can also get medications that will prevent others from receiving the virus. Enroll and stay in health insurance, as well.
  • Taking an active role in your self-care is essential to keeping you healthy longer. Eat fresh, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, grains and lean protein, and exercise often.

About a million people in the U.S live with HIV, and about 1 in 7 don’t even realize they are infected. Please know that you do not need to cope with your HIV diagnosis alone. There are many resources to help you move forward with your life.

—Dr. Ann Khalsa
Ann Khalsa, MD

HIV/AIDS Services

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