8 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW IF YOU'VE JUST FOUND OUT YOU'RE HIV POSITIVE
IT REALLY IS BETTER TO KNOW
It may not feel like it right now, but it really is. Now that you know you’re living with HIV, you’re in a much better position to manage your health and your long term future than if you didn’t.
YOU DON'T NEED TO TELL ANYONE YET
Take your own time to think about who you want to tell about your HIV status. You may need support and a listening ear at some point – but remember, once you’ve told someone, you’re never going to be able to take the information back.
HIV IS A MANAGEABLE MEDICAL CONDITION
You’re living with a virus and you’ll need medication to keep it under control – but, with early diagnosis, people with HIV are living normal lives and doing exactly the same things that everyone else is doing.
SOME PEOPLE JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND
Unfortunately, for some people, HIV stigma is still an issue. Remember, it might be hard to take but, if people reject you or discriminate against you just because you’re living with HIV, that really is their problem, not yours.
YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT WHEN TO START TREATMENT
Talk to your consultant about the pros and cons of starting treatment. They will help you decide the best time for you to start.
SEX CAN STILL BE FANTASTIC
Just because you’re living with HIV doesn’t mean that you can’t – or shouldn’t – enjoy great sex. It’s just that there’s some extra things to consider now. George House Trust Services Advisers can help you think things through.
YOU'RE PROTECTED BY THE LAW
The Equality Act 2010 protects people living with HIV from being treated less favourably than other people. Whether it’s at work or in other areas of your life, the law says you can’t be treated differently.
SUPPORT IS THERE FOR YOU
It’s not all going to be plain sailing and there’ll be times when you might need someone to talk to or take advice from. George House Trust offers support, advice and information about all aspects of living with HIV. Just call us.