When living with HIV, it's not only important to take your HIV treatment as prescribed. It is also important for you to continue to focus on yourself and your overall health.
To do that, it’s important to consider all of the things that are a part of healthy living. Some of these include: emotional, mental, financial, physical, and social.
Taking care of yourself is an important way to help you live a healthier life with HIV.
You can start treatment as soon as your healthcare provider (HCP) recommends it. Some treatments can even be started the same day that you are diagnosed.
Talking to your healthcare provider about an HIV treatment plan that fits into your routine is one way to help you stick with treatment, which can help you live a longer and healthier life.
Everyone experiences ups and downs. Being mindful of your mental health is an essential part of managing your HIV. Just know there are resources and people available to support you so that you never have to feel alone in this journey.
Real person living with HIV.
GINA: People who believe that you can look at someone and tell that they have HIV, they’re living in the past.
Well, when I was diagnosed, I thought that, you know, just getting a diagnosis, people could look at me and tell.
And then I started taking the medication not long after my diagnosis.
It didn’t really change my appearance. Once I made forty, it was like, it wasn’t an issue anymore.
Mother Nature is.
A lot of times, we go on what was said in our communities years ago.
But I’m here to tell you that things have changed.
Twenty-three years of living with HIV, and this is what it looks like.
People will not be able to tell that you have HIV, just from being on treatment.
Just look at me.
Living with HIV doesn’t have to hinder your relationships or sexual health, both of which are part of your overall health. HIV does not look one way and people can't tell that you're living with HIV. You are in control of when, how, and who you share your status with, so feel empowered to share on your own terms.
Gina | Things have changed