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What to Do After Being Diagnosed As HIV-Positive

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Protect Others From Becoming HIV-Positive

Because you're HIV-positive, you can give the virus to others, even if you don't feel sick. This can happen through unprotected sex or by sharing needles. You can protect others by using condoms and clean needles. By doing this, you can also protect yourself from other strains of HIV.

If you are a woman, you can spread HIV to your baby during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding. Ask your doctor what you can do to protect your child. Proper treatment has nearly wiped out the spread of infection to newborns in the U.S.

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on August 13, 2012
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