What happens if I test positive? | SIDE by SIDE: Ending HIV Together
15 Sep 2021

What happens if I test positive?

Take a deep breath – everything is going to be alright. It’s important that you find a healthcare provider or an HIV services organization that can provide emotional support and healthcare for you. Your doctor will want to monitor your health closely to make sure you don’t have any other infections, such as Hepatitis C. In most cases, your doctor will start you on medications to treat the virus before it starts damaging your immune system.

By working closely with your healthcare provider, you can reach an undetectable status quickly. This means that the virus is under control, and you aren’t able to share the virus with others. This also ensures that you are able to live a long and healthy life, just like people who are HIV-negative. If you need help finding an HIV Care provider near you, you can use our resource finder tool.

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