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Newly Diagnosed With HIV

If you've been diagnosed with HIV, it means that you were exposed to the virus and a test has shown that you are now living with HIV in your body. Learn more about HIV diagnosis.

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What Is an Opportunistic Infection?

Key PointsOpportunistic infections (OIs) are infections that occur more often or are more severe in people with weakened immune systems than in people with healthy immune systems. People with weakened immune systems include people living with HIV or ...

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More Than a Call

Angela Jordan and her team take over 700 calls a year from people looking to connect to HIV-related services. "While it is my job, there's a meaning behind it for me," says Angela.

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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.

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Understanding the Immune System

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Introduction

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...