Normal life after HIV
HIV IS NO MORE A FATAL DISEASE.
It is a chronic manageable disease like any other chronic disease, such as diabetes or hypertension. Although there is no cure for HIV, you can lead an almost normal life. However, life is not the same after HIV. You need to adopt a healthy lifestyle and consider the following:
See a HIV specialist for a complete medical check-up for HIV infection and advice on treatment and health maintenance. This should include a test for your immune system (CD4 count), tuberculosis, other STDs and a gynaecological examination in the case of women.
Meet your HIV physician at regular intervals for examination and blood tests, even if you are not having any symptoms. This can help prevent any problems arising in the future.
If the physician decides to start antiretroviral therapy for you, make sure you take the drugs at the right time, in the right way – life long
Seek support from trustworthy friends and family when possible, and consider getting professional counseling. Find a support group of people who are going through similar experiences. There are several networks of HIV positive people. Look up the internet or call the helpline
Inform your sexual partner(s) about their possible risk of HIV.
Protect others from the virus (for example, always using condoms, do not share needles with others, do not donate blood, or body organs).
Avoid drug and alcohol use, practice good nutrition, and avoid fatigue and stress.
If you plan to have a child, discuss with your physician. There are drugs available which can substantially reduce the risk of mother to child transmission of HIV