Being diagnosed with HIV marks the beginning of an emotional journey. HIV is not a disease to kill. It’s a condition that can be managed. However, the news that one HIV positive might be so detrimental to the extent of making the patient reduce his/her days.
The person who has tested positive needs more mental health support than the tabs for treating the virus. This’s because the virus kills the immune system slowly but mental distress deteriorates one’s health rapidly.
The best way to live longer and better is by getting into contact with HIV support groups. You first need to talk to someone who has made it while still living with the virus. Coming to terms with the new reality isn’t a simple thing. They play a very important role in bringing acceptance to the new patient. You’re a new patient because before diagnosis, you lived a different life.
After the diagnosis, you need to live a little bit different life than before. Once you have accepted yourself with the help of a support group, you need to change some things in life. It is these support groups that’ll guide you on how to do things differently. You need to change your diets, lifestyle and several other things. They play a very crucial role in guiding a new member in adopting a new system of life.
The support groups help one access support from the government, handle cases of transmission, find treatment, manage relationships and safe sex, etc. A newly diagnosed patient does not know where to start. Most vital information is hidden from him/her. Most services and centers are not known to the patient. Through the help of these groups, one is able to access the necessary facilities and other mental and health support needed.
HIV support groups are the best things to have ever come the way in support of HIV patients. That emotional journey is long for a person to walk alone.