Living with HIV

Living with HIV

How people cope with being diagnosed with HIV, as well as with treatment, varies from person to person. By properly managing your condition – taking your medication correctly and avoiding illness – you'll be able to live as normal a life as possible.

In addition to taking HIV medication, there are many things you can do to improve your general health and reduce your risk of falling ill including exercising regularly, eating a healthy, balanced diet and stopping smoking.

Other issues to consider include getting psychological support, telling people about your HIV, sexual health and pregnancy advice and financial support.

Patient Stories

As part of the 'It Starts With Me' campaign, HIV Prevention England (HPE) has released videos featuring people living with HIV talking about the impact of treatment on their lives. The campaign is produced by Terrence Higgins Trust for HPE. You can watch all the videos on their YouTube channel here.


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