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Where can you get support if you're HIV-positive?

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A wide range of people can help give you the emotional and physical support you may need:

  • Ask your doctor about local HIV/AIDS support groups, or ask for a referral to a mental health professional.
  • Find message boards or chat rooms online. Discuss with your doctor the information you get from these sources. Some are accurate; some are not.
  • A hotline can give you practical advice or emotional support over the phone. They can also refer you to local HIV/AIDS self-help organizations.

SOURCES: CDC web site: "Basic Statistics" and "A Glance at the HIV/AIDS Epidemic." University of California San Francisco HIVInsite web site: "I just tested positive -- now what?" AIDS InfoNet web site: "Safer Sex Guidelines." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases NIH web site: "HIV Infection and AIDS: An Overview."



Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 25, 2018

SOURCES: CDC web site: "Basic Statistics" and "A Glance at the HIV/AIDS Epidemic." University of California San Francisco HIVInsite web site: "I just tested positive -- now what?" AIDS InfoNet web site: "Safer Sex Guidelines." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases NIH web site: "HIV Infection and AIDS: An Overview."



Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 25, 2018

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