What to do if you are diagnosed with HIV?

Patients confirmed with AIDS only consider this an extended life sentence. I mean consider what would happen if you were diagnosed with this disease? If you have a family the first concern is who will take care of them when you are away, right? This is not a disease for which you can expect an immediate cure. Although researchers are doing their best to find newer and better drugs to control the disease, there is very little chance it will happen soon. But with newer medicines, it has now become possible to increase the life span of patients so that they can survive up to 15 years with the right treatment and medication. It’s also a good idea to get yourself checked regularly if you have more than one sexual partner to make sure you don’t have the disease. But if the test comes out positive, don’t despair. Here are a few things you can do –

What to do if you have had a positive test?

As soon as your test comes out positive there is a chance that your stress level will spike. After all, that’s not good news, is it? You will feel afraid, alone and worried about many things. But please remember that it’s not all bad. With greater advances in medicine, antiretroviral therapy has now made several new drugs available to the general population to prolong life. Contact an AIDS support group so you can find out what to do to make your life a much better experience.

Choose a good doctor!

Getting AIDS is not your fault. You can get it for several reasons such as blood transfusions, injections or even from a careless partner. But no matter how you get it, no one has the right to judge you. Find a doctor who is attentive enough to care for you and your needs at this sensitive time. If he’s critical of your case, your care and your lifestyle, then you need to find another doctor.

Get information about this disease!

AIDS changes by leaps and bounds. There are so many new articles on this disease that it can be confusing. But no matter what, you have to keep up to date with the latest diseases and medicines, prevention and lifestyle changes that other patients have tried. Try joining an online support group to ensure that you have the latest information and news about this disease to ensure a longer lifetime.

Do you need to tell the world that you have AIDS?

I personally don’t think anyone has the right to find out personal information about anyone unless it’s authorized. That means, if you don’t want to tell anyone about your illness; it is your legal right to do so. But you need your family’s support as you struggle through the complications this disease will bring. Tell your family, they will support you.

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