Next Steps

Knowing the basics about HIV can help you tackle what comes next.

As far as “next steps” go, let’s break them down into a few main areas:

“HIV doesn’t define you. You define you. You can have HIV and still have an amazing life...

Don’t be afraid to advocate for your needs... Reach out. You deserve support. Nobody should live in silence and isolation.

Know that you are not alone. There are many positive people out there waiting to support you. Get connected and engaged.”

Start HIV treatment. If you're not already taking HIV medications, talk to your doctor about starting as soon as possible.

Learn more about how HIV is transmitted. This will allow you to avoid passing the virus to other people.

Get connected. Find out about services for people with HIV in your area. If you picked up this brochure at a community-based HIV organization, talk to someone there. These places offer support and information and can help connect you with other people living with HIV. Talking to someone who has HIV or joining a group for people living with HIV can be a great way to deal with the stress of living with the virus.

To find a community-based HIV organization near you, visit

Know that there are people and resources out there to support you as you learn to live long and well with HIV.