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Recently diagnosed

You may be feeling shocked, scared or frightened right now; however being HIV positive is no longer a death sentence in the developed world.

People from all walks of life are living with HIV and many people enjoy full and active lives.

Recent research shows that people with HIV who are on treatments can live a normal life expectancy and are also much less likely to transmit the virus to their sexual partners.


There are many services and specially trained people working at AIDS Councils and People Living with HIV (PLHIV) organisations in every state and territory who can provide advice, support and further information. 

If you would like more information or want to know more about services in your area for people recently diagnosed with HIV, please approach your local AIDS Council or PLHIV Organisation. 


Next Steps is a resource for people recently diagnosed with HIV. It covers a range of issues including treatments and monitoring, transmitting and preventing HIV, safe sex, relationships, sexually transmitted infections, your rights, recreational drugs, and having children.

It is easy to read and includes real-life stories from people who have been diagnosed with HIV.

Download the Next Steps booklet 

The HIV Tests and Treatments website explains common tests used for monitoring your health, provides information about available treatments, and can help you with your decisions about whether to start HIV treatment.

Check out our resources page for other publications that might be useful.

Partners, family & friends

If you are the partner, family member or friend of someone who has just been diagnosed, check out our page for Partners, family and friends for information and suggestions on how to best support them.


This page was published on 12 January, 2011

This page was reviewed on 17 November 2015