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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.

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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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What Are the Symptoms of HIV/AIDS?

Thinking you might have HIV can be scary, and there's a lot of confusing and conflicting information out there. We're here to dispel myths and dish out the truth.

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Interviews

New Documentary Series Links the Lives of People Living With Chronic Illness

The series follows five subjects living with lupus, diabetes, HIV, and other conditions.

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Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

Learn from The Well Project about lab tests that are important for your health -- what they are, what they measure, and how results are used.

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News Analysis

New Subtype of HIV Found, but Don't Panic

Despite the hype, a newly discovered subtype does not mean it's stronger or untreatable.

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Features

How BDSM and Leather Communities Helped These Gay Men Confront Their HIV Diagnoses

"The guys in the BDSM community were not fazed by my status at all ... it was automatic acceptance."

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News

Local Health Officials Respond to Spike in HIV Diagnoses in West Virginia County

A West Virginia county is hard-hit by the opioid epidemic, but the community is divided on syringe exchange programs.

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Is Your HIV Viral Load Normal?

An expert HIV doctor explains viral load testing, what "undetectable" and "unquantifiable" really mean, and how to make sense of your latest numbers.

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

A list of links compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to get help finding HIV care, paying for care, traveling, securing housing or employment, and navigating legal issues, mental health concerns, or stigma.

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HIV: The Experience Is Your Own, But You're Not Alone in the Room

"I want people to understand that living with HIV is not an obstacle," says Armando Ramirez-Guzman, who has been living with HIV since 2003. "You can live life, go out and have fun, and enjoy a movie date."