If you recently tested HIV positive, don’t freak out. There are numerous organisations such as AIDS Councils and organisations of people living with HIV who can be there for you every step of the way. Most of these organisations have counselling services, workshops, and support groups for gay men living with HIV. They can help you talk through treatment options and help your make decisions that are right for you.
Sometimes it can help to talk to someone apart from your partner, family or friends. Being able to talk things through and bounce ideas off someone can improve how you feel about yourself and open up new options and choices in your life.
For more information, contact your local AIDS council or organisation for people living with HIV.
A positive diagnosis is going to take time to sink in but you will be OK and will likely lead a pretty normal, healthy life.
HIV is no longer a death sentence and testing positive doesn’t mean you’ll develop AIDS. Most gay men with HIV are living full lives and enjoying good health – and you can too.
There are organisations that provide services to help you adjust to living with HIV. Contact your local AIDS Council or organisation for people living with HIV for details.
Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO)
AFAO is the peak non-government organisation representing Australia's community-based response to HIV/AIDS. AFAO's work includes education, health promotion, policy, advocacy and international projects.
Australian Society of HIV Medicine
ASHM is the peak Australasian organisation representing the medical and health sector in HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and related areas.
National Association of People Living With HIV Australia (NAPWHA)
NAPWHA is the national peak organisation representing people living with HIV/AIDS in Australia. Through leadership in advocacy, policy, education and prevention, NAPWHA strives to minimise the adverse personal and social effects of HIV/AIDS.