HIV / Aids
How is HIV managed?
- Promotion of health and the strengthening of the immune system. This can be achieved through rest, exercise and a healthy diet;
- Avoidance or reduction in drug, alcohol and smoking use as drug, alcohol and smoking lowers the immune system
- Avoidance of other people with illnesses or infection, given that a person with HIV may already have a depleted or compromised / low immune system, being exposed to illnesses can increase their risk of contracting other complicating infections.
- Routine visits to the doctor or clinic
- Minimum 6 monthly check-up
- Monitoring of CD4 count and Viral load count
- General examination to obtain optimal health
- Be careful of pets in the home
- Pets can make you feel psychologically and physically better, BUT
- Refrain from cleaning cat litter boxes, dog litter and fish tanks. Serious infections can be transmitted through pet excrement.
- Ensure safety in your sexual life
- Protect sex partners from infection
- Protect yourself from re-infection (the more you get of the HIV virus, the faster the virus progress)
- Stress management and positive living [link]
- Stress has a very negative effect on the immune system.
- Increased stress often causes a decrease in the number of CD4 cells.