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Confirmed positive test results mean that the individual has been infected with HIV and can now transmit HIV to others through unsafe practices. Testing HIV+ does not mean that the individual has AIDS, or will develop AIDS. But, it is important to take action immediately, in order to stay healthy, both physically and emotionally.

Newly diagnosed individuals can visit a health care provider who is knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS to begin monitoring their health. Health care providers can help to make decisions about which treatment options to pursue.
Practicing safer sex all the time is very important for HIV positive individuals who must protect themselves and others from exposure to sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, or Chlamydia, which can further weaken the immune system.

Contact us at APAA and let us help you with recommendations about how to deal with being newly diagnosed HIV+.