Positive living

A summary of the most important things to know. The new information guide for people who have just been diagnosed as HIV-positive.positive living

During the Nationaal Congres Soa*Hiv*Seks  on December 1st, 2009 (World AIDS Day), Brenda Mugabona (15) who has been HIV-positive since birth, presented the first copy of the new brochure, “Positive Living” to Oscar Hammerstein (a senior lawyer who is open about his HIV status).

HIV for beginners
Positive living is a guide about 'HIV for beginners': it contains basic information in easy-to-understand language on all the things you encounter when you've found out that you have HIV.


Giving HIV a place in your life

Everyone reacts in their own way when they hear the test result: ‘HIV positive’. It can be a huge blow to somehiv plek people, but for others it might take some time for the news to really hit them. It makes a big difference, for example, whether you hear it from someone you know, such as your family doctor (GP), or from a stranger. It also makes a difference if you have been thinking seriously about HIV. It could be that the news rips through the pink clouds of your pregnancy like a bolt of lightning. And while many people find it very hard to give HIV a place in their life, they ultimately also find something positive about it as well: getting closer to yourself, personal growth or living more in the here and now, for example.


Swimming, drinking tea and french kissing

Some ways you cannot pass on your HIV.
Some things you don't have to worry about.

There is no way that you can pass on your HIV to others in a swimming pool, by sharing a cup or by French kissingzwemmen someone. You don’t need to worry about anything in your day-to-day contact with others. To pass on HIV, a certain amount of virus needs to be present. You cannot pass on HIV via saliva (spit), sweat, snot or tears, since none of those contain enough of the virus.

In other words, you don’t need to take any special precautions at home, at school, at work or wherever else you might be.


You can grow old in good health with HIV

Do you think you will get ill quickly and die within a couple of years? Forget it! By now, even your chances of having problems with the redistribution of fat (sunken cheeks, etc.) are very slight. You won’t notice anything different about the people on the previous page. But all of them have HIV nonetheless. These pictures may make less of an impression than the ones on the earlier pages, but they do reflect the real situation of nearly 20,000 people who are now living with HIV in the Netherlands.


Your lifestyle

Some people have adjusted their lifestyle due to their HIV or do extra things for their health. Many people with HIVlifestyle feel good about doing that. Some people with HIV would prefer to start taking HIV medications straight away. Many others want to put that off as long as possible. Some people have the idea that having a healthy lifestyle will allow them to wait longer before they have to start taking medications. Having a healthy lifestyle is always a good thing, of course, but in fact a healthy lifestyle has not been shown to be of any extra value if you have HIV.



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