The more you know about HIV and how to treat it, the less confused and anxious you will be about your diagnosis. The more you learn, the better you will be at making decisions about your health. You don’t have to learn it all at once, however. It is important to go at a pace you are comfortable with. This may be fast, slow, or in-between. You may want to go over the same information several times.

There are many ways to learn about HIV and AIDS:

  • Start with the Basics section of this site and read through all the sections.
  • Read information online. Remember that there is a lot of internet information that can be inaccurate or misleading- be sure to look for reputable sites whose content can be trusted. Check out government or nonprofit educational organizations that deal with HIV and AIDS issues. You can find a list of them on the Resources page at the end of this section.
  • Use your local library: The most current information will be in the library’s collection of newspapers and magazines (books about HIV and AIDS may be out of date by the time they are published).
  • Check with your local VA medical center to see if there’s an on-site library where you can find patient materials on HIV and AIDS.

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