Recently Diagnosed?

Don’t worry, we are here to help you live well with HIV

Information for Those Recently Diagnosed with HIV

So, you’ve tested positive for HIV?  You are not alone, and one of approximately 30,000 people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Australia.

When you received your HIV diagnosis, you probably reacted in a way that most people do after receiving the news: shock, anxiety, worry, stress, confusion, anger, depression, shame or perhaps you adjusted very well because you had trusted and knowledgeable loved ones.

There is no right or wrong way to respond, but it is important that you know QPP are here to provide expert support for people newly diagnosed with HIV.

When you test positive, it is common that people feel overwhelmed by information. Here are a few key points to try and remember:

  1. You are not alone; there is a community and there is QPP.
  2. Watch the ‘Talking About‘ short films in our Videos & Resources.
  3. Being HIV positive does not mean you have AIDS.
  4. PLHIV are able to live long and well because of improvements in treatment. Talk to your doctor.
  5. Although intimacy and sex might be the last thing on your mind at this point, you just like everyone else, can have a full and satisfying sexual life without worry.

Being told you have HIV is never easy, but living with and coping with HIV does get better with time.  This is especially true when connected to other PLHIV, living a healthy life and keeping up your occasional doctors appointments.

HIV treatment these days can be as simple as taking one pill a day, or even an occasional injection.  Side effects of modern treatments are low.  The vast majority of PLHIV on treatment go on to live a healthy fulfilling life.

Many people worry about passing on HIV.  Relax, and contact QPP or check out our HIV Prevention section of the website.

HIV Treatments

Treatment for HIV has come a long way in the past four decades, with modern treatments being very easy to take and highly effective.

Peer Navigation

Our Peer Navigation program is designed to provide you with peer support to help you with HIV.

Tips on disclosing your status

Find out more about when you need to disclose, how best to do it, and what to think about before you do.

Treatment as Prevention (TasP)

TasP refers to using HIV medication to prevent transmitting HIV to others.

Our trained team is here to help you should you have any questions or need support. You can contact QPP toll free from a Queensland land-line on 1800 636 241 or (07) 3013 5555 nationally, email us at info@qpp.org.au or use our contact us form.

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