Few things strike fear in our hearts like the diagnosis of a serious disease such as cancer or a positive HIV test. When you first find out that you have HIV, you may feel very angry and confused. Some people feel very sad, and some go into shock and may feel numb. Many people feel totally overwhelmed and helpless.
It's important to realise that you are undergoing a crisis, so these feelings are normal. Accept them, because feeling this way is part of coming to terms with your HIV status. The strength of these feelings will lessen over time but you may sleep badly, not feel like eating, and be tearful for a few weeks after being told you have HIV. If these feelings persist for more than three weeks, contact the LifeAssist call centre on your EWP number for help.
Getting HIV medical care soon after diagnosis will help preserve the strength of your immune system, thereby delaying the progression of HIV to Aids. See an HIV specialist even if you don't feel sick. While not everyone needs HIV medications right away, an HIV specialist will examine you, take blood tests to assess the strength of your immune system, and educate you about the disease.
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