8 Ways to Live HIV Confident

 

KNOW THE FACTS

Take time to understand the jargon. You’ll come across a lot of terminology that will be new to you. Our Services Advisers can help explain everything. The more you understand about your HIV, the better.

 

IT'S GOOD TO TALK

It’s good to know you have someone to talk to about your HIV when you need to. Don’t be alone with your thoughts or anxieties and remember that support is there for you when you need it - talk to one of our Services Advisers

 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Make sure you’re up to date on the laws that protect people living with HIV. The Equality Act 2010 ensures that you can’t be discriminated against based on the fact that you’re living with HIV.

 

TAKE YOUR TABLETS

Adhering to your medication is important. Talk to your HIV doctor or specialist nurse about any concerns you have before you start, or whilst your taking, your medication.  

 

LOOK AFTER YOURSELF

Sleep well, eat well, exercise and relax when you can. The importance of living as healthily as you can is key to your general wellbeing. 

 

ASK QUESTIONS

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If there’s something you don’t understand – or you’re worried about – ask the people involved in your care at your clinic. There’s no such thing as a stupid question.

 

BE PREPARED

Prepare well for your clinic appointments. Write down your questions, or concerns, and share them with your HIV doctor or specialist nurse. Remember that your clinic appointment is your time. You should be able to leave your appointment feeling that your questions have been answered.

 

LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX

People living with HIV have a right to a good and healthy sex life - it just means that there may be a few more things to think about. Our Services Advisers are here to help you think about some of the issues – and to support you to make the decisions that feel right for you.

Friday, 30 September, 2016

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