Living with HIV has always been one of the biggest fears of both the infected and uninfected person since it is generally believed that a person who has HIV no longer belongs to the normal class of citizens in the society. The social and mental segregation which a patient with HIV is, therefore, made to face is part of what still promotes the fear of HIV in our world today.
The development of medical science has gone a long way in proffering a great deal of solution which has made HIV patients in recent times live a very healthy life with HIV.
It is important to say at this point that for one to live a healthy life with HIV, a certain mode of living must be adopted which would help facilitate the sustainability of the infected person.
The practical methods of living with HIV
A whole lot of practical ways are associated with living with HIV and some of them would be explained below.
Eating a healthy food
This is one of the most crucial lifestyle changes to adopt since it is very important to stay healthy. The kinds of foods an HIV patient is advised to eat includes protein which helps to build the immune system, vitamins and minerals that serve as supplements, carbohydrates which gives energy, healthy fats like cholesterol-free oil and water to help the cells and the body at large.
It is important to also add that while eating these healthy foods, safety and hygiene should be put into practice which includes washing of fruits and vegetables before consumption and staying away from raw foods like eggs and meat. Since a person with HIV would likely lose weight, recourse should be taken to a healthcare provider so as to give prescriptions based on the patient’s peculiar circumstance.
Having a good and full body exercise
Exercise is generally important to a person but for an HIV patient, it is even more important. This activity helps to keep the bones stronger and avoid osteoporosis as it also reduces stress to make the patient easily find sleep. It is advised that the HIV patient should find a workout partner while engaging in the exercise so as to support each other when the need arises.
It is also necessary to add that the exercise is not a compulsion and patients must pay attention to their body during the exercise so as to avoid pain. Generally, a healthcare provider should be consulted in choosing the best form of exercise which one would practice for the desired result to be achieved.
Having a good sexual health
One of the aims of a person who is managing HIV is to avoid spreading the virus and this can be achieved by practicing safe sex. Be that as it may, some people hold the opinion that if both sexual partners are positive with HIV, they may dispense with the need to use protective measures. This notion is wrong as the level of virus in two HIV patients differ. Hence, the need for them to still use protective measures.
Staying positive with your head still in the game
This could basically entail fighting stress, depression, and anxiety since they tend to be some of the most common challenges which HIV patients face. It is important to add at this point that these above conditions may be very harmful to the immune system which in turn, are not good for the patient. Staying positive can, therefore, help motivate a person to take his or her meds, associate confidently with friends and believe in a brighter future.
Focus on healing
The psychological impact on the body is very amazing in all spheres of life and HIV patients happen not to be an exception. Hope as to healing would, therefore, come in handy as a tool for survival. Never giving up on recovery is the key to living with HIV.
Getting involved in daily activities
Going about one’s normal life routine is a fine way to live with HIV because it leaves no room for negative thinking and depression. One of the worst things to do when infected with HIV is staying at a spot and neglecting life activities. Get your life back and take charge of it just like other uninfected people do.
Other modes of lifestyle include:
- Having a great sense of humor with free expression wherever you find yourself.
- Maintaining a good relationship with friends, family, and neighbors.
- Consistent use of antiretroviral drugs according to the medical doctor’s prescription.
- Nurturing your guts, etc.
The management of HIV is so easy that no special or alien form of living is required but just a simple adjustment from a casual life to something more planned and productive. A patient is strictly advised to most importantly, never neglect the use of his or her medications.
Living with HIV is easy and possible which could even be better than those who are without the virus if the above could only be put into practice.