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Coping with HIV: Mental Health

for Veterans and the Public


When diagnosed with HIV, people sometimes deal with the news by denying that it is true. You may believe that the HIV test was wrong or that there was a mix-up of test results. This is a natural and normal first reaction.

If not dealt with, denial can be dangerous. You may fail to take certain precautions or start HIV medications right away or reach out for necessary help and medical support.

It is important that you talk about your feelings with your VA health care provider or someone you trust. It is important to do this so that you can begin to receive the care and support you need.