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HIV/AIDS Resource Center for the Newly Diagnosed
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Newly Diagnosed? My Advice to You

Fortunata Kasege "Be positive. There's a whole lot of life ahead of you. Don't give up."

Fortunata Kasege, diagnosed in 1997

Day One With HIV

Mikey Barnum"I Learned How Much People Can Care for Each Other"

"I didn't know where to go or what to do, so I drove to work and went to my boss's office and I told her what just happened and broke down crying."

Mikey Barnum, diagnosed in 2009

Telling Others You're Positive

Rafael Abadia "It's a very individual decision. You need to be ready to expose yourself to telling some people about your status because some people react differently."

Rafael Abadia, diagnosed in 1993

HIV & Me: A Guide

These easy-to-read resources from will walk you through the first steps to take in your life with HIV.

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HIV positive? Generally speaking, how has your relationship with your family changed since you were diagnosed?
It got better
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It got worse at first, but now it's better
It started out better, but then went downhill
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Things to Know
Connect With Others

Positive and Trying Hard to Be Positive About It

(A recent post by wishingforacure on the "I Just Tested Positive" board)

"I have been getting HIV tests since I was 16 and was always negative. I had unprotected sex a few times but every year the test came back negative. I kept it a secret from my family. I finally told them last month. How do you all stay positive and have the will to live and fight through this?"

I Realize How Much Has Changed, but I'm Still Really Scared.

(A recent post by StillSearching on the "I Just Tested Positive" board)

"I simply couldn't believe the doctors when they told me I could still live a normal life and that I didn't need to worry. But the more I researched, the more I realized how much has changed since the '80s/'90s. It helped me a great deal to see how far treatments have come."

Things to Do
Ask the Body's Experts

Shannon R. SouthallWhat are some safe sexual activities for serodiscordant couples?

Shannon R. Southall responds

Ben Young, M.D., Ph.D.What tests should I know to ask for?

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D., responds

Starting Your Journey With HIV
Rae Lewis-Thornton

Renowned speaker, blogger and advocate Rae Lewis-Thornton has been living with HIV/AIDS for more than 25 years -- and she's learned a lot about survival along the way. In this video, Rae shares wisdom from a long life with HIV/AIDS, especially for those who've just found out they're HIV positive.

Read Advice and Guidance

After You've Tested PositiveThese excellent guides from Project Inform will help you adjust to your diagnosis and prepare for what comes next.