When you have been diagnosed as HIV positive, despite the initial shock, sooner or later, you have to get used to the fact that you will be living with HIV the rest of your life. But this is easier to say than to practice. This is where an HIV support group can help you. Such groups can help you cope with the initial trauma when you first learn of your diagnosis. An HIV support group will also help you get back your life on track later, as you learn to live your life again, with HIV. You can also participate in an HIV AIDS forum where you can discuss anything related to AIDS and HIV.
An HIV AIDS forum is a place where you can ask questions and get information about HIV and AIDS, such as keeping track of your CD4 positive T cells, where to get retroviral drugs, how to avoid other infections etc. A forum is a place where you can also discuss other aspects of living with HIV, such as learning to cope with depression, with discrimination towards HIV positive people and those with AIDS, and how to tell your family and friends about your condition.
The right forum can indeed help you a lot in coming to terms with your condition.
In this regard, there are now many online resources for those who are looking for HIV support. There are many websites that provide HIV support groups. Some of these groups are even divided according to interests, like Art and Literature, Film and Music, Cultures and Community and so on. These sites also have various forums where you can discuss things that you would discuss with an actual, physical forum. However, an HIV AIDS forum on the net will have more members than a real forum could ever possibly have. This is the advantage of online HIV forums. The higher number of people in the forum means that you will get more responses to your queries. Moreover, they provide a lot of flexibility with respect to time and place for members, unlike actual forums where you have to be physically present. So if you are searching for HIV AIDS support groups in your area and can’t find one that seems right, then you could consider joining an online group on one of the many websites on HIV and AIDS.
Of course, you should carefully check the credentials of any website before you consider becoming a member of it. You don’t want half-baked information or even harmful information to be passed on to you as genuine advice. You also don’t want to be exposed to online abuse from ignorant and fear-mongering people. Good websites often have restricted access for their forums and blogs. They will also often put disclaimers to the effect that their website is not supposed to replace professional medicinal and psychological therapy, unlike misleading ones which will claim to provide all the HIV AIDS support that you need.