For a woman who is newly diagnosed, I would tell you to love yourself first. I would tell you how beautiful you are…to look at yourself from the inside and not to see yourself in a negative way. Living with this virus, a lot of times we beat ourselves up and I wouldn’t want you to do that. There are people who love you just the way you are.
I would tell you about support groups and where to get help. It is very important that women see their doctor, keep their appointments, take their medications the way their doctor tells them, and to go to their appointments because that’s what keeps us healthy.
I would also tell women that when you get to a point where you want to have sex, how important it is that you use protection. Not just for yourself, but for the person you are with.
*This post was adapted from a message originally published in the “Let’s talk About It Magazine.”