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Living Positive

If you've just been diagnosed with HIV or Hepatitis or been living with it long term. It's important to remember that you can live a long and healthy life. Eating well and maintaining low stress levels is vital to remaining well.

Other Health Conditions

People living with HIV and Hepatitis also live with other health conditions. Some of these are more prevalent amongst those of us who have had HIV or Hepatitis for some time. its important that you maintain a good relationship with your specialist and your General Practitioner.

Smoking

Tobacco is the one of the most widely used drugs in the world, nicotine is powerfully addictive and can have serious effects on your health. If you are living with HIV or Hepatitis one of the best things you can do for your overall health is to quit smoking.

Ageing

Many people now living with HIV and Hepatitis are over the age of 50 and this presents with particular challenges

How well we age and how the ageing of our bodies impacts upon our health is unique to each of us, Ageing and living with a Blood Borne Virus long term and taking treatments all impacts on our overall health. One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to maintain a healthy lifestyle including exercise, reducing our alcohol, and a balanced diet.

Alcohol & Other Drugs

If you drink alcohol or use another drug, as with any indulgence, the key is moderation.

Overuse any drug and you risk damaging your health and in some cases your treatment outcomes will not be successful. If you depend on alcohol or other drugs, it's a good idea to review what is going on in your life and seek advice to help with strategies to make a change.

Sexual Health

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed on during sexual contact. Some of these have no symptoms.

and therefor you might not know you have an infection so it's always advisable to practice safer sexual behaviour and use condoms, dams and water based lubricants.

Some STI's can increase the risk of passing on HIV which is why regular screening is important. It is recommended that you have a sexual health screen every six months and if you have sex frequently then test every three months.