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Newly Diagnosed With HIV

If you have a pet, learn what you need to know to keep both of you healthy.

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Pets can be good for your emotional and physical health.

If you already have a pet, it is advisable to:

  • Set up a system with family and/or friends to take care of your pet if you can't for a while.
  • Learn how to avoid getting infections from your pet. For example, ask someone else to change cat litter.

If you do not have a pet, consider getting one. A pet does not have to be a dog or a cat ro prove you benefits. (If your building does not allow pets, you may still be able to get one as an accommodation under the Americans With Disabilities Act.)

For information, including how to choose a pet and how to live with one after a diganosis, click here.

NOTE: The "H" in HIV stands for human. HIV cannot be transmitted to or from a pet. This includes if a dog or cat causes you to bleed and licks the blood or the pet licks sweat form your body. 

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