If you've been diagnosed with HIV, you might be overwhelmed by each new doctor's visit and lab result.

A lot of what comes with an HIV diagnosis is hard to put into words. Mental images are often colored by dated data or misinformed biases we might carry. For some, HIV is a virus that was contracted long before the diagnosis, and the sudden news can leave you speechless.

Be curious and be candid

Engaging with your doctor and their entire medical team is crucial. If you're working with qualified people, they should be well-versed about the questions they're going to be asking you and the type of information they need to best advise you.

But while they gather all those details from you, your own questions can get lost.

As you're dealing with this new situation and steadily learning that HIV is now highly manageable and difficult to transmit when following best practices, certain parts of the conversation might fly over your