Everyone processes it in their own way. It can spark a whole range of emotions: shock, fear, anger, sadness, shame and everything in between, but it’s important that you don’t feel like you’re alone.
There are lots of people out there who understand how you may be feeling. There are also a lot of resources available to support you now and throughout your HIV journey. As you find more information and make connections that work for you, things should begin to make more sense.
So, take your time but remember, you don’t need to know everything straight away. Living with HIV is a journey and with the support of experts, peers, advocates, community members and more, you can learn a lot along the way.
Here are some tips to getting started on your HIV journey from people who have been there themselves, including those who received their HIV diagnosis later in life.