HIV in Ontario > Newly Diagnosed
Testing positive for HIV can be stressful. It is normal to feel scared and overwhelmed. No matter what you are feeling, try to remember that with proper care, treatment and support, you can live a long, healthy life with HIV.
If you test positive for HIV, it is important to see an HIV-experienced doctor as soon as possible. If you are not sure if your family doctor can give you HIV care, your local AIDS service organization (ASO) or a public health nurse can help you find the right doctor for you.
All doctors in Ontario are required by law to keep your medical information and anything you tell them private. Some people worry about their privacy and do not get medical care as a result. Do not avoid getting medical care because of this.
You are not alone. Connect with your local ASO or other HIV/AIDS programs to find support and information in your community. Call the Ontario AIDS & Sexual Health InfoLine to speak to a counsellor or to find an ASO near you, where you can seek advice. For information in English and many other languages call: 416-392-2437 or 1-800-668-2437 (toll-free in Ontario), and for French call: 1-800-267-7432 (toll-free in Ontario). The InfoLine is free and anonymous.