Finding Support &
Caring for Yourself
Sometimes living with HIV can feel overwhelming, but you’re not in this alone. Whether it’s the family and friends around you, your healthcare provider, or the allies you didn’t even know you had, there’s always someone to help you find the strength you need to take on treatment.
Getting the right support for you
Your family and friends can be an important part of your treatment, but not everyone may react the same way. Some people may need more time to understand what you’re going through. Thankfully, there are endless options for seeking support. No matter where you find it, getting the right support for you is an important part of your treatment.
Looking for support?
There is endless support for those with HIV, here’s where you can start.
Find an AIDS Service Organization near you
An AIDS Service Organization, or ASO, offers free services to those affected by HIV.
Speak with someone who knows
State HIV Hotlines
Use your state’s free HIV/AIDs hotline to discover local resources.
Get the latest information on HIV from the department of Health and Human Services.
A national health information helpline for any health-related questions.
Get emotional support & crisis help
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24/7 free and confidential support for those in emotional crisis.
A peer support hotline specifically for trans people.
Get info and resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) helpline.
Supporting yourself through self-care
Support means more than just reaching out to others, it starts with you. Treating HIV doesn’t include only your physical health, it also includes paying attention to your emotional and mental health. Self-care means taking care of your whole wellbeing.
This may include*:
- Keeping in touch with your healthcare provider
- Eating healthy
- Sleeping well
Finding exercises that work
- Meditating and self-reflection
*Always consult your healthcare provider before starting any exercise or nutritional program.
Finding support with your healthcare provider
Your healthcare provider can be your ally through treatment. They can be a great resource for you to find support and knowledge. It’s important to be honest with them, because the more they know about your life with HIV, the more likely they’ll be able to help support you throughout treatment.
Here’s a good place to start.