Decide what a healthier life looks like for you
Use your HIV diagnosis as an opportunity to think about your future and consider all aspects of health that make up who you are and support your lifestyle. Start with the basics: improve your diet, stop smoking, limit your alcohol intake, and be more active in your day-to-day life. You’ll soon start to see the benefits on your physical and mental health.
A healthy life should also be fun and exciting. Community support groups are a great way for people living with HIV to meet others and build connections while doing things that support healthy living. Though it may seem unlikely now, you will eventually become a member of the Positive Health Programme, set up by the YMCA in 1997, and will set foot in the gym for the first time!
Planning for the future may seem like a long way off right now. However, by making small lifestyle changes now, you can help prepare for a healthier and happier future.