Living Healthy With HIV
More and more individuals stricken with HIV – the human immunodeficiency virus – are living longer and stronger than ever before. With PreP and TasP preventive treatments and medications circulating and new findings like Undetectable = Untransmittable, there is much evidence out there that having HIV no longer means having a death sentence.
However, getting infected with HIV is a life-changing event. With access to treatment, that’s life-changing – not life-ending, you can take care of yourself and look forward to years or even decades of good living.
As recently as the late 1980s, infection with HIV usually meant an early death. Within a few years or even a few months of catching the virus, people would develop AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), a disease that destroys the body’s ability to defend itself from threats including viruses, bacteria, and some types of cancer cells. Today, people with HIV can expect to live just as long (or nearly as long) as anyone. Amazingly, more than half of people who are infected with HIV today will eventually die of something else.
If you have HIV, delaying AIDS as long as possible will be your top priority. There is a small chance that you might even be able to avoid the disease completely. According to a recent report from Massachusetts General Hospital, there are about 5,000 people in the United States who are infected with HIV but remain very healthy and don’t seem to be progressing toward AIDS at all. Staying healthy with HIV isn’t easy, but the rewards are worth every effort.
Treatment For Life
Sticking with your medical plan is the single most