HIV medication is very effective and if you’re diagnosed and start treatment quickly it is likely that you will live a long and healthy life. Treatment enables you to take care of your own health and prevents the risk of passing on HIV.
Antiretroviral medications are used to treat HIV; these drugs must be taken every day as recommended by your doctor.
Without treatment, the virus will attack the immune system and there is a risk it may be passed on.
You should seek medical advice as soon as possible if you think you might have been exposed to HIV.
As well as taking effective HIV treatment, here are some positive lifestyle changes that you can do if you have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
Take regular exercise
Our local groups and activities directory has a wide selection of fitness classes and physical activity pursuits which you can join. Our staying active and healthy weight information pages also have advice and support on taking part in regular exercise.
Eat a healthy diet
The NHS Live well pages has lots of information to help get started in eating a healthy diet.
Tips on eating a healthy diet (Opens in a new window)
Stopping smoking improves your health which will support you in managing your condition.
Have flu jabs once a year to reduce the risk of getting serious illnesses
You should speak to your GP who will be able to advise you further about having the flu jabs.