It’s important to take your HIV medication exactly as directed and see your doctor regularly. Sticking to your regimen helps make sure the HIV in your blood doesn’t increase, which is crucial to keeping you healthy.
You know yourself better than anyone. When talking with your doctor about your treatment program, keep your habits, strengths and weaknesses in mind to find a program that fits best for you.
While talking with your doctor can be overwhelming, it will confirm you’re getting the care you need. Knowing the right questions to ask can help get the conversation started.
Be open to making a switch.
Change is a part of life. If you’re concerned that your current treatment is no longer working or is causing difficult side effects, it may be time to speak with your doctor about a new regimen.
“I think someone can actively take
a role in their treatment.”
-Danny, SYMTUZA® Patient
Keeping a healthy diet does more than properly fuel your body. It helps fight HIV and other infections by boosting the absorption of medication and managing certain side effects.
- Try to eat fruits and vegetables every day to get important vitamins and minerals that help boost your immune system
- Keep energy levels up with quality proteins from meat and milk
- Limiting fats, oils and sugary foods can help you maintain weight
- Drink plenty of water, especially when experiencing diarrhea, vomiting or fever
If you’re facing issues with your diet, talk to your healthcare provider.
Rest & exercise.
Proper rest and exercise can help you have fun and feel great while boosting your immune system. The activities you’ve always loved don’t have to change after diagnosis—stay committed to regular exercise by finding a fitness routine you enjoy and giving yourself enough time to recover.
It’s normal to worry about HIV, but if self-acceptance and keeping a positive attitude become difficult, reach out for help. Turn to a friend, loved one, or even your doctor to see what your mental health options are. You can also check out these online resources for ways to manage stress and anxiety.
HIV & COVID-19
It’s likely that people living with HIV are at an increased risk of COVID-19. If you haven’t already, get a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available to you.
COVID-19 vaccines meet the same safety standards as other vaccines, and people with HIV were included in clinical trials. If you have any questions or concerns about COVID and HIV, bring them up with your doctor.