So you tested for HIV a few hours, days, weeks, months or years ago and you found out that you are HIV-positive. I know that was the last thing you expected, yet you must have been worried since that day you messed up somewhere or unwillingly/unknowingly got involved in a mess. Don't even burden yourself with thinking of that; it is absolutely not important.
What is important is what you do after getting the facts.
Immediately you saw two lines appearing in that testing kit, your mind went into a blackout for a while, which is normal. But after coming back to your senses, the fact still stood there in front of you: you are HIV-positive. The person who did the test explained a lot of things to you but majored on being initiated to medication, and since you were not prepared, you promised to come back at a later date. When exactly is still unclear even now. You might have convinced yourself that the results were wrong or that you are still fit and healthy (waiting for your health to deteriorate) or that taking those pills on a daily basis is tiresome.
Unfortunately the issues mentioned above are simply confusing you. The fact remains that you are HIV-positive, so what is the next move? It should be something appropriate, something that can restore your good health, make you strong and put you in a better position to fight other infections. Take responsibility for your health!
How can you become responsible for your health? It is a hard and a simple task at the same time but its difficulty depends on the way you perceive it. It has few steps but they are crucial:
Something to note is that the treatment does not cure HIV but reduces its intensity. Proper adherence to medication will successfully suppress the viral load to UNDETECTABLE and this is something we should smile about since it means we cannot pass on HIV!
Once undetectable, you are indisputably a CHAMPION and pose no threat to people around you. This is expressed in its simplest form as UNDETECTABLE=UNTRANSMITTABLE (U=U).
Take your medication and have undetectable as your goal!
For more information about Undetectable = Untransmittable, visit the Prevention Access Campaign, here.