Nowadays, more and more people with HIV are living longer, enjoying healthy and fulfilling lives, working, studying, having relationships and making their own choices about treatment.
In addition, improved and inclusive research practices means that much more is now known about the effects of HIV treatments in our bodies. As a person with HIV living in New Zealand now, it is likely that you will live a normal life span. You are able to have sex, and you are able to have as fulfilling a life as you want for yourself.
Talking to someone you trust is important. This may be a friend, a relative, a doctor or someone from Body Positive which is an organisation specifically for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA): Someone who has some knowledge of HIV is a good choice. You don't have to tell everyone in your life now, or ever.