Many people find it useful to talk to someone. Don't try to deal with things on your own, finding the right support is essential. Professional and confidential advice is available from your clinic or doctor to find the support you need. There are also peer support websites where you can speak with other people living with HIV such as MyHIV.

It may be difficult to talk to people about your HIV, such as family, friends or sexual partners. Many people are surprised by the positive reaction of their loved ones, whereas others may feel regret about having told. Not everyone needs to know and you should think carefully about how, when or if to tell those close to you as their reactions may not be what you expect.

You can also ask your HIV clinician for information about the local HIV patient forum, which may be a good option for you to meet other people living with HIV in your local area.