Newly Diagnosed

If you’ve just been diagnosed with HIV you might be feeling upset, shock or anger and might be having trouble taking in the things you’ve been told. Don't worry we're here to help.

It’s important to remember:

  • Successful HIV treatment means you can expect to live as long as anyone else
  • This treatment can be as simple as taking one or two pills, once a day
  • Once your treatment is working properly, you may only have to see a doctor once or twice a year
  • You can still have a great sex life– either with condoms, or even without once your treatment is working properly
  • HIV positive parents can have HIV negative children

You might feel that your life has fallen apart and be feeling overwhelmed – but it’s possible that becoming HIV positive could only change your life by a small amount.

Most of the things people take for granted about their lives can still apply to people living with HIV. All it takes is a bit of extra care to look after yourself.

It’s really important to go to a specialist HIV service to sort out your medical care (click HIV Services on the left.)

Your mind

A positive diagnosis can be a shock. It can help to get support to look after your mental wellbeing and begin to adjust.

It’s really important to go to a specialist HIV service to sort out your medical care and you can speak to staff at MOT who can support you and help you to access counselling if you want it.

For more information on living well with HIV visit Terrence Higgins Trust’s website or talk to the HIV Specialist Team.

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