There are people and resources that can help you take the next step towards a healthier life. Many others have done it. So it really is possible.
Life with HIV may seem overwhelming at first. But it's possible to live a longer and healthier life. There are many people out there doing it right now.
But it's important to care for yourself emotionally and mentally, as well as physically. Ask for help if you're having a hard time.
Jamesion says it was like a weight lifted off his shoulders when he disclosed his HIV status to some of the people in his life. Watch the video to hear Jamesion’s HIV story.
A support system can be your doctor, a caseworker, friends, and family. It can even be an online HIV chat room or a local support group. It's anyone you feel comfortable opening up to. You may already have a support system and not even realize it.
Your support system is there to help you when the going gets tough. They're there when you need someone to lean on. It's important to use your HIV support system when you need them. You don't have to do this alone.
The resources below can be a part of your support system, too. Whether you need help with housing, jobs, medical or personal care, drug and alcohol use, or paying for medicine, you can use these links to find support.
Learn more about your legal rights and find help for getting a job, with information from the Department of Labor.
Get legal information from the ACLU about HIV and your civil rights at work.
Locate HIV care services in your area with the AIDSVu Care Services Locator.
If you need help paying for medicine, there are resources available. Here is a list of options that can help you.
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