Living Well with HIV

Living with HIV

Being newly diagnosed with HIV can be overwhelming, however there are steps you can take to live a long and healthy life. Take time to process the news of your diagnosis and find HIV care. Start medication as soon as possible. Learn more on living a healthy life with HIV on this page.


There is no cure for HIV, however HIV treatment (antiretroviral therapy or ART) can help to control HIV. Treatment of HIV helps to decrease an individuals viral load (amount of HIV in the body). HIV medicine can make the viral load so low that a test can’t detect it (undetectable viral load). With an undetectable viral load, the risk of transmission is very low.
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Healthy Living

With a positive HIV diagnosis, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle may include; eating healthy, staying active, regular CD4+ T-cell & viral load testing, keeping track of side effects, & taking HIV medication.

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Family Planning

HIV positive women can give birth to babies who are free of HIV thanks to advances in HIV prevention, treatment, and research. Talk to your provider about your future family plans and learn how to best manage your health based on your needs.

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Protecting Others

To keep yourself and others healthy, the best thing you can do is get and keep and undetectable viral load by taking HIV medication. If you cannot get an undetectable viral load, encourage your partners to take PrEP, use condoms properly, choose little to no risk sexual activities, get tested and treated for other STDs, and never share needles or other drug injection equipment.

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