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Recently Diagnosed With HIV? Latino/a Community Members Share Their Advice

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Jorge Zepeda

Jorge Zepeda, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, San Francisco, Calif.

I'm going to talk from my experience working with recently diagnosed individuals. One thing that I notice is that the person who is newly diagnosed has fear in terms of: "What's going to happen to my body? Am I going to die? How am I going to deal with my family and my HIV status?"

They feel ashamed. They feel in shock. They feel alone. They feel guilty.

The person that's willing to work with them says, "You're not alone! There are treatment options! You could access services! You have access to treatment." There are also support services to help deal with the emotional shock.

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