We don't want to make light of what you're going through. Getting an HIV diagnosis may feel like the worst thing that has ever happened to you.
But pay attention to this: There is life after testing positive. One million Americans are now living with HIV, and approximately 25 percent of those newly diagnosed with HIV are women. Yes, that's right: women. In fact, although women with HIV may seem invisible, there are more than 126,000 women living with HIV in the United States.
So, take a deep breath. No matter how alone you may feel right now, know that there is a big community of HIV-positive women out there ready to provide information, support, advice and many other resources. In this booklet, you'll meet some of these women. We hope they will help you fight the fear, ignorance and prejudice about HIV and HIV-positive people that unfortunately still exist. We hope you'll use this booklet to learn more about HIV -- and to discover some helpful steps you can take to live a full and happy life with HIV.