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"Overwhelming" is a word commonly used to describe a new diagnosis of HIV disease. There are so many things to consider. So much to learn. So many questions. So much uncertainty. So much baggage that comes with a disease that is generally associated with unsafe sex or drug use.

Experience has shown that the best way to proceed is to break things into steps. Then deal with them one at a time in the order that works for you. (Survivorship A to Z provides a Prioritizer to help you set  and keep track of your priorities.)

Following are steps to consider. with links to additional information.

The above steps are of a one-size-fits-all general nature. You can personalize the information with your own Personal Survival Guide. It provides information specific to the various areas of your particular life affected by your diagnosis. Thanks to contributions by our donors, the Personal Guide is free. If you're not up to it, ask a friend or family member to read your Guide for you. To learn more, see: Personal Guide

NOTE: Information can help you feel in control. On the other hand, getting ahead of yourself can be overwhelming. When you are no longer newly diagnosed, read: Living With HIV.


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