Young and Positive?


(This information supplied to us by RUTGERS New Jersey Medical School DEC 2013)

Finding out you are HIV positive is always scary, but especially for teens/young adults. It is very common to feel overwhelmed, fearful, and alone, but don’t let that prevent you from taking action. Know that you are far from alone. Countless people and resources are available to help, including the New Jersey AIDS/HIV/STD Hotline. We are here to help anyone including teens/young adults infected with HIV get connected to a “navigator” who will help you get the care you need. Call us at 1-800-624-2377 today to speak with a healthcare professional.

Remember, being HIV-positive is not the death sentence it once was. New treatment regimens have turned being HIV-positive into a chronic condition for many infected with the virus. With a healthy lifestyle and the right medical care, many HIV-positive teens/young adults are living long, productive lives.  Medical treatment can be a lifesaver – it allows those infected with HIV stay healthier longer. Finding medical treatment, continuing regular visits with doctors, and following a medication treatment plan every day will help keep the virus under control. It is very important to follow the doctor’s instructions for how to and when to take prescribed medications. By not getting treatment, skipping drug doses, or adjusting treatment meds on your own without consulting a doctor, infected teens/young adults run the risk of not only increasing the amount of HIV in their blood, but also developing resistance to their current HIV meds. Resistance will cause your current medications to lose their effect on the virus and no longer work the way they should.


Are you a teen who is HIV positive and no longer receiving treatment for your HIV infection? If yes, there is an easy remedy – Call 800-624-2377, text/email at , or chat via our site at  to be connected to the HIV/AIDS Navigator Project and get back into care. It’s that simple. Spread the word to others you may know (friends, family, coworkers, etc) who are HIV positive and no longer receiving treatment for their infection.  We are here to help them get back into medical care.  In addition, you may contact us if you have a positive test result and need to find a site for a follow-up, if you have any questions or concerns regarding STDs, HIV or Hepatitis, and/or need information about linkage to HIV treatment. We are always here to help 24hours a day/ 7 days a week! Calls are free and confidential. are always here to help 24hours a day/ 7 days a week! Calls are free and confidential.

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