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.