Apart from taking HIV medications, what's your most important piece of advice?
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« on: February 19, 2020, 05:53:19 pm »


Apart from taking HIV medications, what's the most important piece of advice you have for people living with HIV on staying healthy?

Taking regular medications for someone living with HIV is really important to reduce the viral load in blood. But apart from medication, what is your advice?


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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2020, 03:13:19 pm »

Along with taking medications as directed, it is important to SEE YOUR DOCTOR REGULARLY with testing to ensure the virus is well suppressed. Additionally don't take any new meds, over-the-counter meds, or herbal/health/exercise supplements without checking with your doctor because there can be dangerous interactions (I am looking at you Cobicistat).

If you do all of the HIV-suppression related things correctly and keep the virus suppressed...excellent... now you need to LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE because you will probably be around for quite a while.
Ergo:
* EAT A HEALTHY WELL-BALANCED DIET,
* GET 8 HOURS OF SLEEP NIGHTLY, and
* EXERCISE >200 minutes every week.
[QUIT SMOKING IF YOU SMOKE!!! & see a therapist if you need support]
 
A healthy lifestyle improves overall health which helps the body make more CD4 and CD8 cells to help fight the virus, which in-turn makes comorbidities (heart disease, chronic kidney disease, obesity/diabetes, etc.) way less likely, and if you do end up in the ICU for some reason - the healthier you are at baseline, the better your chance of walking out of the hospital.

Healthy lifestyle sounds basic...but without basic advanced won't be very effective.
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2020, 08:21:01 pm »

Taking regular medications for someone living with HIV is really important to reduce the viral load in blood. But apart from medication, what is your advice?

General advice that is even more important for someone with HIV:

Stop drinking alcohol completely.   Alcohol is poison and can interact with medications.

Be proactive in managing your own health care.  Know your meds, labs, etc.  No one will care as much about your health as you do.

Tell your doctor about any recreational drug use, even if it's alcohol or marijuana.  If you are worried about how your doctor might react, then that will be one less thing to worry about. 

Practice safer sex and in particular, use condoms.  You don't want to give someone else HIV.  You don't want to get chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital warts, syphilis, hepatitis, etc. on top of the HIV.  You don't want to get another strain of HIV, either. 

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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2020, 11:51:32 pm »

In English:
Ideal that you know your medicine, make your doctor's appointments regularly, exams as requested, control of Cd4.
With medication, it is not forbidden to drink alcoholic beverages but moderation always, nothing exaggerated. Alcohol does not stop the effect, but it attacks the liver which can cause problems for a person with the HIV virus.
Always take care of your health, avoid smoking and even if taking medication, use condoms.

In Portuguese:
Ideal que conheça seu medicamento, faça regularmente suas consultas médicas, exames conforme solicitado, controle do Cd4.
Com a medicação não é proibido ingerir bebida alcoólica porém moderação sempre, nada de exagero. O álcool não corta o efeito, mas ataca o fígado o que pode gerar problemas a um portador do Vírus HIV.
Cuide de sua saúde sempre, evite fumar e mesmo se medicando, use preservativos.
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