Living Healthy with HIV / AIDS

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Did you know?

The original red ribbon was created for HIV? Learn more about the red ribbon and World Aids Day.

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Finding out you have HIV is a life-changing event.  It is important to remember that people are available to you to help guide you through this process of receiving care.  So, be kind to yourself.

It's okay to rest when you are tired. It's okay to relax - enjoy a good book, spend time with loved ones. Seek advice. Accept help.

Keep a journal. Keeping a journal is a good way of monitoring what you eat each day, how much physical activity you have, monitoring your medication, noting how you feel after you take your medication, and any other notables that you might forget between your doctor visits.

Eat healthy. Eating healthy does not mean only eat organic foods or that eating healthy will be expensive. It means delivering the nutrients your body needs to keep your immune system functioning as it should. Check out Eat Healthy, Live Healthy to get you started. Ask your doctor if there are foods you should avoid with your HIV infection.

Daily physical activity. Do you like to walk? Dance? Swim? Stengthening and keeping your muscles strong helps your body to restore energy  for your immune system. Learn more about healthy exercise and local fitness resources.

Learn more about HIV and AIDS. Becoming knowledgeable about your disease helps you and your care team. Here are a few links to get you started:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

U.S. National Library of Medicine - PubMed Health

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