It is very stressful for an individual when
HIV infection is suspected in him or her. Here is what a person should do when
an HIV infection is suspected.
It is not
easy for a person to deal with stress when he or she is suspected with and HIV
infection. In this situation one needs to be calm and follow the advice of
doctor. At the same time there are certain things which a person can do in this
situation. Read on to know what should be done when HIV infection is
What to do When an Infection is
When HIV infection is suspected
in an individual nothing much can be done other than following the advice of
the doctor. The individual has to be patient and can follow the below mentioned
Relax. Don't panic. Panicking is not
going to provide a solution to your problems. Be patient as the result can even
be negative. Think positively. A positive attitude can help you to deal with
stress and tension
Get a Test
Get an ELIZA test done at a laboratory after
12- 14 weeks of the suspected exposure. In an Indian set-up nothing can help
before this. Meanwhile assuming that you are infected take care and do not
infect others. (E.g. No blood donation, no unprotected intercourse, no
pregnancy). If the test is negative - learn a lesson not to repeat the mistake.
If positive - get a repeat test done and if possible a Western
If Western blot too is positive, not everything is
lost. Get professional help at counselling centres. Contact the nearest
Government hospital. Get advice as to the drug therapy to be
Follow a Hygienic
Lead a regular, hygienic and a fit
lifestyle. [Healthy nutritious food, no vices]. Avoid stress. In short, avoid
anything that can lead to an infection affecting the body. On the other hand,
anything that boosts the body's general immunity helps. Yoga, Relaxation,
Meditation are said to help a lot. Conquer fear.
Avoid Having More Than One
Sex Partners - The risk of acquiring HIV is higher when you have more
than one sex partners.
Abstain from Sex â€“
Although, HIV can also be acquired through infected needles etc, abstaining
from sex is considered as the best way to prevent HIV
Use Condoms - To be on a safer
side, always use condoms when sex is
Be Aware of HIV Status â€“ Get
yourself and your sex partner tested to be aware of your and his or her HIV
Get Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Treated - Do not leave other sexually
transmitted diseases untreated. Untreated sexually transmitted
diseases can expose you to the risk of acquiring HIV and transmitting it to
Learn About Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
(PrEP) - Find out from your doctor about pre-exposure prophylaxis
(PrEP). It is one of the ways through which people who are at higher risk of
acquiring HIV can prevent it by taking a certain medication. You must consult
your doctor to know more about it.
Drugs - Avoid injecting drugs and in case if you are unable to avoid
it, use sterile needles and do not share them with others at any cost. However,
taking illicit drugs is harmful for your health.
always better to be safe than sorry. Therefore, if there is something that is
really concerning you, you must not hesitate to talk to your
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