Getting tested for HIV can
be scary; however, the condition is treatable so it is important to get tested
if you think you have been exposed. If you test positive, early detection and
monitoring of HIV will help your doctor determine whether the disease is
progressing and when to start treatment.
Your doctor may recommend counseling before and after HIV testing, and it is
usually available at the hospital or clinic where you will be tested. This will
give you an opportunity to:
Caring for a loved one with AIDS can be an exhausting task, both physically and emotionally. It involves managing the physical and practical aspects of your loved one’s care while struggling with the emotions of seeing someone you care for suffer and fearing the eventual outcome of the disease. It also requires taking care of yourself -- managing the stress of caregiving and keeping yourself healthy -- so you can provide the care your loved one needs.
AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is...