Be kind to yourself
Whether you were diagnosed 30 days ago or 30 years ago, saying “I'm HIV positive” can be very difficult. Having a positive attitude towards your status and yourself can be a big help for your mental wellbeing.
Stigma can hurt
Even though HIV has been around for decades, it still carries an unfair and unrealistic stigma. Dealing with this stigma, as well as everything else, can come at a cost to your emotional health.6 What’s important to remember is that stigma is based on fear, not fact. Your life with HIV can be, and is, a beautiful one.
Surround yourself with loved ones
The positive strength of friends and family who truly support you can empower you through every stage your HIV journey. Being surrounded by people who have educated themselves about HIV and with whom you can speak freely about your experiences can be great for your emotional wellbeing.
Chat to an expert
As with any health-related issue, talking with an expert – doctor, nurse, counsellor – is a wise decision. Many people also find that meeting with a HIV peer mentor is very useful. For a list of reliable resource and information see HIV Support Groups.