Living with HIV & AIDS
Years ago, being diagnosed with HIV meant the end was almost near. Recent advancements in the field of medical science, however, have better equipped doctors to fight with this once most dreaded disease.
Today, being diagnosed with HIV doesn’t mean your life has to end immediately, on the contrary many individuals go on to live successful, healthy and normal life. It can be very traumatizing, depressing and difficult to cope with in the beginning, but with determination and commitment to your well-being you can live a healthy life.
So, now that you’ve found out you’re infected with HIV, what do you do next? The next step involves making some small changes in your lifestyle to keep yourself healthy. Here are a few tips that can help you go in the right direction.
Choose the right doctor
Taking care of your medical needs is one of the first and most important things you should to do. The treatment course for HIV is quite long, and therefore, you need a doctor you’re going to be comfortable with for the rest of the treatment period. Your relationship with your doctor should be such that you can talk to him openly about everything and reach out to him about any doubts whenever you are in need. You can also take help from the AIDS service organizations to find the health-care provider that best suits your needs. Take some time to decide, there’s no need to jump at the first one you think is the best for you. Do your research before settling on one.
Take your medicine regularly
It’s important to take your medications every day on time. It’s a must, and you should try your best not to skip them. If you find it difficult to remember the different doses, try the following tips so you don’t forget to take your medications:
- Set alarms on your watch, clock and also your phone for when it’s time to take your medications.
- Make entries in your calendar so you don’t forget to refill your medications.
- Keep your drugs in plain sight in a separate box so you don’t have to look for them each day.
- Pill trays can also be used so you don’t have to count doses every day.
- Take advantage of the health and lifestyle apps that are available in the app store for your phone.