Kenyon Farrow, Queers for Economic Justice, New York City
The best thing for people to do when they're are newly diagnosed with HIV is, first of all, if you don't have health care, figure how you can get some, whether it's Medicaid, or you need ADAP [AIDS Drug Assistance Program] or any of those supports.
Also, if you have health care through an employer, figure out what they will provide. You also need to figure out, in the state that you live in, whether or not you can actually be kicked off of your health care plan because of a "pre-existing condition," and HIV often falls in that category. I think doing that kind of homework up front is going to be really important.
Number two is being able to find some kind of support -- there may be groups that meet near you for people with HIV. Sometimes there are groups for people who are newly diagnosed, or special groups for family members or different religious backgrounds. These groups help people deal with all of the emotional stuff that they go through when newly diagnosed.