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The key to stay safe is getting regularly TESTED for HIV and other sexualdiseases/infections every 3-6 months and knowing HOW to keep yourself safe. Safe Masti is your one-stop solution for testing clinics/labs, useful information on preventing HIV, and de-stigmatising life after HIV. Let’s start now!

Living With HIV: Seven Habits For “Positive Living”

by | May 11, 2018 | Counselling, Living With HIV, Mental Health | 0 comments

Stats:

  • Over 36 million people around the world are currently living with HIV.
  • In 2016, 2.1 million people in India were diagnosed as being HIV+.
  • India has the 3rd largest HIV epidemic in the world.
  • Around 4.3% of MSM are HIV+ in India.

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is a serious cause for concern. While there is currently no cure for this virus, health practitioners around the world are optimistic about finding one in the near future.

But until then, what can we do to make our lives easier for ourselves, if we are diagnosed as HIV+? Well, the answer is very simple:

Adopt the seven following habits to enjoy a full, long and healthy life.

1. Practice safe sex
Being HIV+ means your immunity is compromised. This in turn means that you can catch other STDs and infections faster through unprotected sex. Healing also takes longer.

But an HIV diagnosis need not be the end of your sex life, so long as you practice safe and protected sex. Therefore, remember to make responsible and clean sex a durable habit.

2. Know your CD4 count
CD4 count is the number of white blood cells, called T-cells, in your body. These cells are your body’s warriors that destroy invading viruses, bacteria, and other germs. HIV damages your immune system because it attacks CD4 cells.

A healthy body has a CD4 count of above 500 cells per cubic millimeter of blood. If the count dips below 200, the chances of HIV turning into AIDS, through opportunistic infections or latent diseases within your body, increases significantly.

So, checking your CD4 count is crucial for your HIV treatment. If the count is still low after your medication has begun, this means the treatment is not working. Your doctor will put you on another medication and again check for improvement in CD4 count.

3. Schedule ART
ART (Antiretroviral therapy) is the name given to HIV treatment. For an HIV+ person, ART is the elixir of life. But it comes with certain conditions and issues. The condition is that you absolutely must take your medicine at the same time every single day for the rest of your life. If you don’t, you give the virus time to multiply and evolve. Which means, the same medicines might gradually stop working for you.

So, once you introduce ART into your life, please remember, it is there for keeps.

4. Slow down
An HIV+ diagnosis is life changing. And starting on ART can be an overwhelming experience.

At such a time in your life, you must slow down. Cut back on your work and take time out for yourself. Listen to your body and do what relaxes you, like reading, meditating, visiting friends. Above all, keep calm and carry on!

5. Tell someone who cares about you
You don’t have to disclose your HIV status to all your family and friends as soon as you find out. But do share your news with one trusted person from your circle – someone who will stand by you at this crucial time.

This person should be the shoulder you can cry on, the hand you can hold, and the strong kind voice that will guide you through the darkness.

If you have no one like this in your life, don’t despair. There are NGOs and helplines which will lend you a comforting ear in your moment of need.

6. Manage your emotions
The psychological impact of discovering you are HIV+ cannot be ignored. How you manage your emotions during the early days will, to a large extent, determine your long-term outlook.

What can you do to master the situation and not be mastered by it?

  • Visit a psychologist or psychiatrist. Even a couple of sessions with a counsellor may help.
  • Consult your doctor and take anti-depressants.
  • Keep a diary to pen down your fears and anxieties.
  • Cry. It helps. Seriously.
  • Surround yourself with supportive people.

7. Exercise
Muscle wasting, weight loss, fatigue, and joint aches may all be common features of living with HIV. Your medications will also weaken your body. This is where exercise comes in, as it will have a positive impact on your body’s immune system.

Read all about the benefits of exercise in our article entitled ‘A Workout A Day Can Keep AIDS At Bay’.

Being HIV+ means making certain lifestyle changes, in order to accommodate everything you need to do to stay healthy. Adopt these seven habits as early on as possible. Although your HIV status might not turn negative, your outlook will certainly turn positive, and that is half the battle won.

Vishwa Schoolwallah has been HIV+ for over a year. This article is based on his own experience of battling, and then befriending his HIV status. You may reach out to him via his twitter handle @schoolwallah.

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