Taking medicines is the only known way to slow down damage and control HIV infection over time. So getting into care is one of the most important things you can do. A doctor can assess your health and help you make a plan for staying well. That includes making decisions about when to start HIV treatment, and dealing with any other health issues you can take care of in the meantime. Many people get motivated to take better care of themselves when they find out they have HIV. If you’re putting off going to the doctor for any reason, call us to talk about your concerns. Our counselors are here to help.
“For a long time I avoided testing because I didn’t want to know. but now that I do know, I can do something about it.”
sharing the news
Telling others about your HIV status can feel scary, but it may also help you feel better. People who find a way to tell people they trust often feel relieved from the stress of keeping it a secret. You don’t have to tell everyone — and you don’t have to do it all at once. Choose carefully who you tell, and be prepared for various reactions. If you fear abandonment or even violence from those close to you, call 617-267-0159 for help finding a counselor or group that can help you create a safety plan.
Telling co-workers or employers about your HIV status should be considered carefully before making decisions. There are a variety of legal protections in place to protect you from discrimination or breach of confidentiality, but it’s important to know the limits of these protections. To learn more about legal protections in your area and talk through pros and cons of disclosing your HIV status at work, call GLAD Answers at 800-455-4523.
It is especially important to be open about your status with your medical providers, so they can ensure you get the best care possible. If you need help finding providers you can trust, call us at 617-267-0159.
counselors & case managers
We offer a number of ways to support you — whether you’re newly diagnosed, need help sticking with your treatment plan, or just need support with issues you face living day to day . Our health navigators, case managers and advocates at Fenway Health, AIDS Action and MAC can help you with everything from one-on-one support and education; finding financial benefits or substance abuse treatment; to navigating you to health care providers you can trust. If your past or current counselors/case managers don’t seem to be working for you, keep trying until you find right fit. Call us at 617-267-0159 to get connected.