When you find out you have HIV or hepatitis C, your feelings about sex might change. Sometimes it’s a temporary change. Other times it’s permanent.

You may feel a sense of loss, wonder how you will tell people, or feel frustrated that you have to teach people about safer sex. You may feel differently about your body, or worry about how others will see you.

Many women experience this, and they respond in different ways. Sometimes they decide not to have sex, sometimes they choose to wait until they’ve learned more about their health, and sometimes they want to carry on as usual. All of these responses are normal.

It may take time, as you adjust and learn, but you can have a healthy sex life if that’s what you want.