Take your HIV treatment
Starting treatment as soon as possible is the first step to taking care of yourself.
It’s important to take your HIV treatment as prescribed, which usually means every day at the same time. If you don’t do this, your medication might not work properly.
Try to eat a balanced diet, without too much processed fat, sugar or salt.
If you are underweight, overweight, have a dietary problem (like a regular upset stomach) or treatment side effects that make it hard to eat, ask your healthcare professional for help.
Exercise regularly and sleep well
Being active builds muscle, burns fat, and keeps your bones strong and your heart healthy. It is also a great way to manage stress and depression.
Don’t drink too much or take too many drugs
Drinking too much alcohol or taking too many recreational drugs is not good for anyone’s health. These things weaken your immune system, which is particularly important to look after when you have HIV.
Being drunk or high might make you forget to take your HIV medication, which can make it less effective.
If you are on HIV treatment you might get side effects from alcohol or recreational drugs. If you are worried about this, have an honest conversation with your healthcare professional.
If you smoke, try to quit
People with HIV are at higher risk of heart and lung conditions. If you smoke, you should consider quitting. Your healthcare professional can support you with this.
Look after your mental health
This is just as important as taking care of your body!
Find out more about looking after your mental health.
Look after your teeth and mouth
Teeth and mouth issues can be common for people with HIV. Regular brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist can help with this.
Have regular check-ups with your healthcare professional
Your healthcare professional will monitor your progress and can advise you on ways to stay healthy.