What if I’m Positive?
If you test positive for an STD, work with your doctor (or other healthcare professional) to get the correct treatment.
Some STDs can be cured with the right medicine from your doctor. It’s important that you take all of the medication your doctor prescribes. To make sure your treatment works:
- Don’t share your medicine with anyone, and
- Avoid having sex again until you and your sex partner(s) have each completed treatment.
Other STDs aren’t curable, but they are treatable. Your doctor can talk with you about which medications are right for you.
HIV Treatment and Care
Today, you can live a longer, healthier life by being in medical care and on HIV treatment.
- Live long and well with care and treatment.
If you are HIV positive, it is important that you seek care from a medical professional, get on treatment, and stay on treatment to help you stay healthy, protect others, and live a longer, healthier life.
Also, because of the serious health risks for coinfection with Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV, it is recommended that you talk with your provider about potential health problems and getting tested for TB. To find out more about the connection between TB and HIV, visit this link: TB and HIV Connection
- HIV Treatment Works.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) HIV Treatment Works campaign for people living with HIV features the stories of individuals talking about how sticking to HIV treatment helps them stay healthy, protect others, do what they love, and live a longer, healthier life.
In the video below, “Yuri” talks about how he’s not letting HIV stop him from doing the outdoor activities that he loves.
Click on the link below to learn more about the “HIV Treatment Works” Campaign and to find other stories similar to Yuri’s about the benefits of staying on HIV treatment:
- Know what to expect.
Learning about and understanding your healthcare and treatment options will help you manage your HIV infection.
The Counselors at the STD/HIV Program are able to link you to Partner Services (click here to view the Partner Services Brochure) and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Medical Case Manager for assessment of program eligibility. The RWHAP is a federally-funded program that provides assistance to low-income individuals with HIV/AIDS.
If you are eligible, RWHAP services include primary care, the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) and other support services. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria (i.e., you have private insurance) the RWHAP Medical Case Manager will help guide you through the care and treatment process.
For more information, you may contact the STD/HIV Program at 734-2437 or the RWHAP Medical Case Manager at the Dept. of Public Health and Social Services at 735-3603/4. Click here to visit RWHAP’s page on the DPHSS website.
To find out more ways on how you can stay health and protect others, visit the “Living with HIV” page on the CDC website.