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Q&A: Ask the Experts

Tested positive today. What now?

I just found out that I'm HIV positive today I'm afraid I'm 24 years I'm angry and I feel like my life is falling apart I don't know who to talk to to tell me more someone who has it..I'm afraid of dying

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'POZ ROZ' Wants 'Pozitive' Vibes With New Digital Comedy

This refreshing series following an African-American millennial woman living with HIV avoids the sappy or sentimental.

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Personal Stories

Newly Diagnosed With HIV, I've Got Challenges and a Lot of Blessings in Store for the New Year

After being diagnosed with HIV in April 2018, Toraje Heyward realized that there was much work to do.

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AIDS and Opportunistic Infections

Learn more about the infections that occur more frequently and are more severe in people with weakened immune systems, including people with HIV.

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Telling Others You Have HIV

Learn more about how and when to share your HIV status with others.

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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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Personal Stories

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 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...

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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...