Living a healthy life as an HIV patient

Living with HIV/AIDS in this era and time is no longer a taboo, thanks to educational and informative campaigns. Society has gained knowledge that it is possible to live with HIV but then, as an infected person there are a set of guidelines to follow.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body's immune system. If it is not treated, it can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). You attain AIDs when HIV has caused severe damage to the immune system. The following are a couple of tips for healthy living with HIV.

  • Practice safe sex. Safe sex is essential to reduce the risk of infecting others. Use Prudence Plus condoms as a double protection HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and contraception.
  • Prevent infections and illnesses. HIV makes your immune system less effective, you become more susceptible to every virus, bacteria, and germ you are exposed to. Wash your hands frequently to stay as healthy as possible.
  • Follow doctor's prescriptions. It's crucial to take your HIV medication antiretroviral regimens (ARVs) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Skipping even one day of medication can give the virus an opportunity to become resistant to the drugs, making them ineffective against the virus according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Be sure to take prescriptions at the same time every day, and always have your medication with you so that if you are away from home, you won’t have to miss a dose.
  • Don't abuse drugs or alcohol. Alcohol and drug overuse can contribute to feelings of depression. Avoid illegal drugs to help protect your immune system. Giving up cigarettes is beneficial for anyone. Stopping all tobacco use will help you live healthier and feel better, as well as prevent a number of health problems and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Exercise mind and body. Regular physical exercise, such as walking, running, swimming, or another activity you enjoy, keeps you physically fit and can keep both stress and depression in check. Physical exercise significantly helps the immune system as well. Mental exercise is important as well.

Quality sleep, healthy eating and some exercise are great assets for long life on earth as an HIV infected person. Cheers to a long life!

Rhoda Abi

Journalist,consultant and highly-motivated communications Junky