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Living with hiv

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Despite, this generation stepping towards liberalism, HIV infection is not yet accepted warmly in many societies. This makes difficult for the victims to lead normal life among normal people. However, you can’t keep thinking about what other people think; instead it’s advisable to focus on your health and improve your lifestyle in the following ways.

Telling people that you have HIV / AIDS

This subject requires lot of speculation before disclosing people about your disease. Nonetheless, there are some who deserve to know! You must tell your doctor (if you are visiting for other medical reasons) and close family members with whom you stay, share and spend time with; this includes your children and spouse as well. Your future sex partners should also know about the infection to avoid spreading. Apart from this, you also need to disclose it to your employer or you need to inform the school authority where your kid is studying. All these measures only help you to take better control of self.

Your daily nutrition

Nutrition holds a special place in lives of people infected with HIV because your immunity is severely compromised, you tend to lose weight rapidly and experience gastrointestinal troubles. To control vulnerability to other diseases like tuberculosis, diarrhoea, etc. your doctor will plan your nutrition in such a way that your health is maintained as much as possible. Your foods will be rich in antioxidants, proteins and healthy fats and carbohydrates. Green vegetables, fresh fruits and juices, eggs, lean meat, pulses and legumes and dairy would be advised to you in substantially good amounts.

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Precautions you must take:

Remember the following things to improve your life:

  • Your doctor would certainly ask you to abstain from sex and we believe you know the reasons. However, use of condoms ensures safety; nonetheless you have to be extremely careful. You can check with a sexologist for better knowledge
  • Do not share needles anymore if you had been doing so. Make sure you let the practitioner know if you visit a health care for blood test.
  • Never share items like razors, toothbrush, tissues, etc. or any other devices that contain your blood. Take special care of your personal belongings and ensure no one used them.

Dealing with emotional challenges

Getting infected with HIV is not only a physical challenge but also an emotional challenge. Lot of people suffer from anxiety, stress and depression which further breaks down their health. This basically happens possibly due to the fear of social isolation, facing relationships, degradation in career growth and many more. However, there are several ways to overcome emotional challenges.

You can go for counselling, join special groups meant for helping HIV infected people, and spend more time with your friends and family without worrying about social impact. Try yoga and meditation to improve your health and stamina. This way you can lead a better life.

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Written by: healthplus24.com team

Date last updated: June 08, 2015