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Your next steps

Roger Pebody

Your next steps is a booklet for people who’ve just found out they have HIV.

This booklet is for you if you’ve just learnt that you have HIV. It might also be helpful if you’ve known for a while, but have not wanted to find out more about HIV until now.

The booklet tries to answer the most common questions that people have at this time. There’s straightforward information about what HIV is and how you can look after your health. We talk about having sex when you have HIV as well as deciding whether or not to tell other people.

Finding out that you have HIV can be upsetting. This booklet may help by giving clear, factual information, and reassuring you that life does go on.

We would like to thank everyone involved in producing Your next steps, particularly the people living with HIV who reviewed draft copies and helped shape the final booklet. Special thanks to the following for their assistance: Michael Carchrie Campbell; Dr Ian Cormack, Croydon University Hospital; Lizzie Jordan; Dr Nicola Mackie, St Mary's Hospital; Hannah McCall, Mortimer Market Centre; Claire McQuoid; Becky Mitchell; Martin Murchi, Society of Sexual Health Advisers; Richard; Alex Sparrowhawk; Dr Shema Tariq, Royal London Hospital.

  • First reactions

    People react in many different ways when they hear that they have HIV. You might carry on as if nothing has happened, you may search out lots...

  • Health issues

    If you are ‘HIV positive’ this means that you have a virus called HIV in your body. It doesn’t mean that you are ill, or that...

  • Clinics & support

    Most of us have our HIV monitored and treated at a specialist hospital clinic. We are usually treated as outpatients - in other words, we...

  • Sex

    Having HIV can affect people’s feelings about sex in many different ways. Some people become anxious about passing HIV on, or feel less desirable. While some people go...

  • Life goes on

    In some countries, not everyone who needs HIV treatment can get hold of it. Likewise, in the UK 20 or 30 years ago, effective HIV treatment didn’t...

  • Getting more help, information and support

    This booklet is produced by an HIV information charity called NAM. Our website aidsmap.com hosts a huge range of useful resources on key HIV topics. With booklets,...

Your next steps

Published July 2014

Last reviewed July 2014

Next review July 2017

Contact NAM to find out more about the scientific research and information used to produce this booklet.

This edition of Your next steps was published by NAM in 2014. The booklet was first published by Terrence Higgins Trust in 2007. NAM is very grateful to Terrence Higgins Trust for granting us permission to revise and publish the booklet.

MSD provided a restricted grant to support the editorial development, production, promotion and dissemination of Your next steps. MSD had no editorial input in the development of the booklet. We would also like to thank Wandsworth Oasis for funding towards the production of this booklet.

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.