I Tested Positive For
The HIV Virus: What Now?
Testing positive does not necessarily mean that you will go on to have full blown-out AIDS the disease right
away. What it does mean is that you have been exposed to and have contracted the Human Immunodeficiency
Virus and that your body is manufacturing antibodies to fight the foreign virus. These
antibodies are special molecules that have the purpose of fighting off the HIV in your system.
A medical professional will do a blood test to look for the presence of these antibodies in your blood stream.
If the test shows that you indeed have these antibodies in your blood stream you will be told that you are HIV
Being HIV positive and having the disease is NOT the same thing. Persons can remain HIV positive for years and
not have any symptoms of the AIDS disease. As time goes on and the HIV continues to remain in your bodies the
antibodies become tired of fighting the HIV and your immune system will start to wear down. As the immune system
becomes more ineffective at fighting viruses, parasites, fungi and bacteria that invades your body; eventually
these foreign invaders start to win over your body's defenses and symptoms of illness will show up. This is what is
called "opportunistic infections" because they take this opportunity to invade and win over your body's
So, you don't really "get aids" per se’, so much as it develops over time after the initial HIV infection. You
may not even realize that you have been infected by a sexual partner until years later when you start to exhibit
symptoms and are tested for HIV antibodies. Those who are HIV positive do not necessarily look sick or wear a sign
proclaiming that they are HIV positive nor do they unfortunately tell you if they know that they are HIV positive.
This is why it is so important to not partake of high-risk situations that will expose you to the danger of HIV
Did You Know?
Homeopathic medicine is another form of alternative treatment plans that are
available to the AIDS patient. Many doctors who treat AIDS patients have had success with combining
conventional and homeopathic medicines. Alternative methods of treatment are becoming more accepted
in the medical world especially for patients with AIDS.
The conventional medical world should not ignore these alternative ways of
treatment. Patients with AIDS may insist on trying other methods of treatment while still taking
conventional AIDS drugs.
Alternative treatments have been proven to give some patients a better quality of
life while being treated for AIDS. Patients with HIV or AIDS should take an active role in the
treatment of their disease.
Don’t be complacent or allow others to make critical decisions in your treatment.
Work with your medical team and find a group that will help you if you decide to use homeopathic
treatments as well as conventional drugs.
These high-risk activities are:
Multiple same sex or opposite sexual intercourse
Open mouth kissing or "french kissing"
Having sex with individuals that you do not know (stranger are less likely to share if they are HIV positive or
Sharing used needles when shooting up drugs because you run the risk of someone using the needle before you who
is HIV positive.
Their moms can infect infants either before or during the birth process or while breast-feeding. These are the
innocent victims of AIDS, babies who are born to a lifetime of dealing with this progressive disease.
HIV and AIDS disease cannot be cured. HIV/AIDS is not strictly a "gay disease". Everyone is at risk no matter what
their sexual preferences are because the HIV virus can be transmitted by way of blood-to-blood contact (rare by
still minutely possible especially in underdeveloped countries), by sharing of used needles or by participating in
unsafe sex. HIV cannot be spread by merely sitting on the toilet seat after someone who has the HIV virus or by
touching doorknobs after them or by hugging or holding hands or by being kissed on the cheek or by kissing HIV
infected persons on their cheek.
If you have been diagnosed with HIV find a good support group or private counselor.
Your family and friends may be trying to cope with their own emotions and are not able to help with
A support group of others in your situation will help you to understand each stage
of your disease.
Now that you know what is considered high-risk activities and what is not, you can take appropriate
precautions. If you have already participated in a high-risk activity, getting tested immediately to see if you are
HIV positive is the smartest and healthiest thing you can do. Is it easier to treat or prevent the HIV
infection, of course it is far easier to prevent the HIV infection.