Tested HIV Positive. Now What?

This means HIV antibodies have been found in your body because you have HIV. The test won’t tell you if you will develop AIDS or get sick.

  • Positive results are confirmed by a combination of tests that are almost 100% accurate.
  • Finding out that you have HIV can be shocking. You may feel depressed, anxious, afraid, or angry. All these feelings are normal.
  • With early treatment, many people with HIV can live long and healthy lives.
  • Resources for people with HIV range from support groups to medical treatments. Your counselor will tell you where to find resources in your area.

As soon as you can:

  • Find a doctor who knows about HIV. Early treatment can keep you healthy longer.
  • Get a support network of friends and family you trust.
  • Consider telling anyone with whom you’ve had sex or shared needles that you have HIV. These people should consider seeking testing and counseling.

Many people with HIV enjoy loving and fulfilling sex lives.

Knowing the facts can help you practice safer sex when you’re ready.

  • Having HIV means you can pass the virus to others during sex though your blood, semen, or vaginal fluids.
  • Having sex can also expose you to other sexually transmitted diseases (STD). You may become ill sooner if you get another STD.
  • To protect yourself and others, practice safer sex. This means not allowing blood, semen, or vaginal fluids from either partner to enter the body of the other.