reproduces while protease inhibitors (PIs) block a particular protein that the infected cells need to reproduce. Don’t be surprised if the doctor adjusts the drugs you’re prescribed over time as it can take a few trials to determine which ones are effective for you.
5. Vaccinations Will Be Important
Since HIV weakens your immune system, doctors often recommend that you keep on top of certain vaccinations to stay healthy. These vaccinations ensure that there are no complications from illnesses such as COVID-19, the flu, HPV, Hepatitis B, pneumonia, and pertussis (whooping cough), among others. It’s best to consult with your doctor about the right vaccination schedule for you.
6. A Support System Helps
Statistics show that people who have been diagnosed with HIV often go through a period of shock and may go on to deal with bouts of depression.
A support system can go a long way in helping you to handle your diagnosis and stick to your prescribed treatment program. If you have trusted friends or family members, that would be a good place to start.
Finding a therapist and an HIV support group can also be helpful as they may introduce you to resources you may not already have access to.
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7. Your Overall Health Will Be A Priority
In addition to taking your medication, certain lifestyle changes can help with your overall health. Exercising, staying away from cigarettes, drinking alcohol minimally, and eating balanced meals can all make a big difference.
If you have trouble with any of those, it may help to ask your doctor or support group for effective tips.
We’ve come a long way with the management of HIV and research still continues to improve the effectiveness of the medications that are being used. If you follow your doctor’s prescribed regimen and take care of yourself, it’s very likely that you’ll live a good life with HIV.