Testing is a very stressful thing although early testing is essential to begin treatment. This can prevent an infection and how early it is diagnosed can change the long term condition of the patient.

If you wish to speak to a doctor or a counselor about your testing and the results that you deal with there are plenty that can either help you or recommend you to a counselor. If you do not have anyone that will support you throughout your testing, speak to your local HIV and AIDS community to see what support groups are available. There are many volunteer counselors who've been through this experience and can help you so that you are not dealing with it alone.



If the HIV test that you have comes out positive, you're going to need to create a plan so that you know how to take care of yourself and protect others from getting it. If the HIV test comes out positive it doesn't mean that you are going to die from it. There are many people who live fantastic lives and have been diagnosed with HIV although ongoing medical care and monitoring is essential. If you do not have a doctor or your public health department the HIV organization can refer you to a local clinic.

Any patient who is HIV positive needs to inform all current or past sex partners so that, they too, can get tested and get immediate treatment if it is needed. They should also notify anyone they have shared an IV drug needle with. The local health department can help you in notifying them anonymously if it is necessary. Other than these partners who may have been affected by HIV, you should reveal to those close to you that you have been diagnosed positive. You are the one who will need to decide who and when you share this information. If you have children you may want to consider a counselor being there when you share this information.