What To Do If You've Been Exposed to HIV

It is important to get tested right away, so that you can have answers. The quicker you have information, the better it is for you physically and psychologically.

Most of us have a tendency to get so wrapped up in the fear of being HIV positive that we allow ourselves to be overtaken by that fear. If you find out that your partner is HIV positive, and you have yet to find out your results, it is important to stay in the moment and not think about all of the “what ifs” until you know for certain that you are carrying the virus. Often times, our anxiety takes us to a place where we start to feel angry, scared and/or sad. While those feelings are perfectly understandable, we don’t need to put our mind and emotions through that rollercoaster experience unless we are certain that we are facing the challenge of a diagnosis.

Lean on your support system. Take a trusted friend or family member with you when you go to take the test. If you have yet to take the test and are just feeling anxious or afraid, allow someone close to you to help provide comfort.


Source: Dr. Stacy Kaiser