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Newly Diagnosed With HIV: Now What?

Down-to-earth tips on mental health, medical care, and practical steps from a person who's been there, offered in the hope of speeding you from the challenges of today to a calmer and more joyful future.

By William A.
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Personal Stories

Newly Diagnosed With HIV: Memo to Me

We asked people living with HIV: If you could give advice to your newly diagnosed self, what would you say?

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Is Lockdown the Ideal Time to Test for HIV and Other STIs at Home?

European organizations weigh in on what’s worked for home testing programs over the past year.

By Emmett Patterson
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‘Nobody Gave Me HIV’: An Interview With the King of Reads

The social media monarch discusses disclosure—and why we need to end HIV stigma if we want to end HIV.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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The One-Stop Shop Where Testing for COVID and HIV, PrEP, and Voter Registration Meet

The Washington, D.C. initiative One Tent Health is making inroads in HIV testing and prevention in highly neglected areas of the country’s capital.

By Emmett Patterson
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People Living With HIV Need Advocates to Help Them Navigate Health Care

Even if you are the most capable and self-sufficient person in the world, there is no reason to deal with an HIV diagnosis by yourself.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Am I Legally Required to Share My HIV Status With Others?

As this CDC fact sheet explains, in some states, there are laws that require you to share your HIV status with your sex or injection partners. But sharing your status with anyone else is your choice.

By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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U.S. Statistics: New HIV Infections

Approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV today, according to this fact sheet. About 14 percent of them (1 in 7) don’t know it and need testing.


Processing an HIV Diagnosis Mirrors the Five Stages of Grief

Successfully navigating through these stages during one’s HIV diagnosis requires information, communication, emotional support, guidance, and direction.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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Therapy Is Essential for Anyone Who Has Been Newly Diagnosed With HIV

The prospect of a lifelong dependency on medication, fear of rejection, or feelings of personal failure can be emotionally debilitating, especially because there is so much stigma related to the virus.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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As a Refugee to Canada, I Had to Take an HIV Test That Made Me Contemplate My Future

What happens when you're a refugee faced with a difficult choice: work under the table for less money, or face hurdles in the job market that could crop up with an HIV diagnosis.

By Ray Mwareya
Esther Kim

Years After Her Diagnosis, Esther Kim Found Her Long (Literal) Road to Acceptance

“Because of my diagnosis and the struggle that I went through, coming to terms with it, I think it has made me a stronger person. I’ve actually accomplished things I never thought I would.”

By Myles Helfand