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Take Care of Yourself

Once you receive an HIV diagnosis, there are important first steps you should take. This fact sheet explains how to find care and work with your health care team.

By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Understanding the Immune System

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Introduction Key Organs of the Immune System Key Cells of the Immune System HIV and the Immune System


The immune system is made up of cells and organs that protect your body from outside invaders such as bacter...

By The Well Project

Living With HIV

Today, an estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States. Thanks to better treatments, people with HIV are now living longer -- and with a better quality of life -- than ever before. If you are living with HIV, it's important t...

By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

When to Start Antiretroviral Therapy

Key PointsAntiretroviral therapy (ART) is the use of HIV medicines to treat HIV infection. ART is recommended for everyone who has HIV. ART helps people with HIV live longer, healthier lives.People with HIV should start ART as soon as possible. In pe...

By AIDSinfo

What to Start: Selecting a First HIV Regimen

Key PointsThe use of HIV medicines to treat HIV infection is called antiretroviral therapy (ART). People on ART take a combination of HIV medicines (called an HIV regimen) every day.HIV medicines are grouped into six drug classes according to how the...

By AIDSinfo

Disclosure and HIV

"Sharing your HIV status can help with the stresses of living with HIV. But whom to tell and how to tell them can be complicated and difficult decisions, the Well Project writes." Use this overview to help you consider how best to move forward.

By The Well Project

Following an HIV Regimen: Steps to Take Before and After Starting HIV Medicines

Key PointsAn essential part of following an HIV regimen is medication adherence. Medication adherence means sticking firmly to an HIV regimen -- taking HIV medicines every day and exactly as prescribed.Medication adherence reduces the risk of drug re...

By AIDSinfo

What HIV Means to Me! Havoc Into Victory

"The nurse walked in and said, 'Ms.Thomas, I'm not going to beat around the bush. Your HIV test came back positive,'" Wanona Thomas writes. "In that moment, my heart dropped in my stomach. I felt numb all over. Her words were final."

By Wanona Thomas for HIVE

Resources for People Living With HIV in the U.S.

The CDC has put together this helpful fact sheet to aid you in finding recommended organizations and other sources of information to help you address issues you may face living with HIV.

By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If You Have Just Found Out You Are HIV Positive

Finding out you are HIV positive changes how you feel about your life and your relationships with other people. Don't worry, you have the time to work this all out.

By HIV i-Base