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I am freaked out

I got my blood result today and I found it positive. I am in disbelief and did a rapid test. That gives the same result. My lymph nodes are swollen and I am kinda freak out.

  1. I am glad you found us here, because getting an unexpected positive test can be really stressful. We have a lot of information on our site, but it can be overwhelming. The lymph nodes you mentioned are a symptom of early stage, and will balance out with treatment. We're here for you as you navigate all this. What kind of questions do you have? - Liz (Team Member)

    1. thank you for your reply. Currently I need guidance. What I have to do next?

      1. Ok, one place I would start is this page where many in our community have offered support and guidance to those who are newly diagnosed - https://h-i-v.net/answers/coping-new-diagnosis Those living with HIV are really your best resource since they can relate in a way others cannot. These advocates have written articles and are available on our site for any follow up.


        Also, this is a collection of advice about building your support team: https://h-i-v.net/answers/support-newly-diagnosed


        Let me know what you think of these resources and please keep us posted. - Liz (Team Member)



    2. thanks for the info. I am still trying to get support from my friends from LGBT community. But some are from different country yet they function as a good support system. I am not dare to tell my friends nearby. I am not really open to my friends about my orientation

      1. Hi , we understand how challenging it can be to open up to some members of your support system. However, I'm glad you are able to find loved ones from all over the world who provide you with the support you need. That is amazing. Please do check out the information Liz shared if you're able, and reach out if you have any questions or concerns. We're here for you! -Casey (Team Member)

    3. Thanks , I would like to know how soon I have to start my treatment? My doc asked me to take another blood test for assurance and proceed with doc appointment.

      1. your doctor will determine when you start treatment, but typically people start right after diagnosis, as early as one week in some cases. Here is a little more information on that: https://h-i-v.net/infographic/starting-treatment. Best of luck as you navigate the next few days, we are here for you if you need anything! - Liz (Team Member)

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