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.

 

 

AIDSinfo

Get the latest information on HIV from the department of Health and Human Services.

1-800-HIV-0440 (448-0440)
1-888-480-3739 TTY

CDC-INFO

A national health information helpline for any health-related questions.

1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)
1-888-232-6348 TTY

Get emotional support & crisis help

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

24/7 free and confidential support for those in emotional crisis.

1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Trans Lifeline

A peer support hotline specifically for trans people.

1-(877)-565-8860

SAMHSA Helpline

Get info and resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) helpline.

1-855-300-3595

 

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 for you
  • 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.

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