I'm HIV positive, HELP! My life is over...

The moment you are diagnosed with HIV, you may feel that your life has changed completely. A lot of people around you might tell you many different things about HIV, and it's not always easy to know what's true and what's not. So it's best to talk to a health worker at the clinic, call a helpline or ask an expert on bwisehealth.com. But you'll figure that out, one step at a time.

Be prepared to go through some new experiences, both emotionally and in your daily life.

You might find yourself feeling many different emotions. On some days you might feel sad, angry, confused, scared, or tired. At other times you might feel brave, hopeful, calm, joyful and supported. That's all part of dealing with big news and changes in your life.

If you notice that you're feeling down on most days, and not feeling good on any days, if you feel like you don't want to get up in the mornings, or you're tired all the time, or you cannot sleep properly, tell a trusted adult or friend how you're feeling. If you're thinking about death or dying a lot, or thinking about hurting yourself or someone else, it's important that you get help and support.

Speak to a doctor, nurse, counsellor, social worker or call a helpline:
  • Lifeline National Counselling Line: 0861 322 322
  • Lifeline AIDS Helpline: 0800 012 322
  • Suicide crisis line: 0800 567 567 (SMS 31393)
  • South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG): 0800 567 567 (SMS 31393)

Support groups are very important in times of stress in our lives. Find one in your area and join a support group.

You can live a long and healthy life with HIV. Being diagnosed as HIV-positive may feel like the end of your life, but it's not... it's an adjustment in your life.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 24 December 2019 16:24

Am HIV positive and I don't know how to live like this and I don't know how to tell my parents

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 December 2019 10:41

Hi thank you for your question you can click here to find out more https://bwisehealth.com/article/have-more-questions-about-hiv

B-Wise User Anonymous 8 April 2017 23:59

Hy, i just found out that i am hiv positive ,i was thinking to tell my boyfriend about it ,should i or not??

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 April 2017 13:26

It's a good idea to share your status with your partner but only if you feel safe. it's important that you know the risks and benefits so speak to a counselor at the clinic to help you- whatever you decide.