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.

Alternative treatments 
There are people with HIV who use cannabis to fight nausea or pain. There are also people who try to put off starting with HIV medications with the help of an alternative healer or who get alternative treatments for things like fatigue, skin problems, pain or side effects from HIV medications. It is definitely advisable to tell your internist or HIV nurse about any alternative treatments you are getting. That way, he or she can make sure that such treatments will not conflict with the treatment you get from hospital. The term ‘alternative treatment’ might suggest that such remedies can be used instead of HIV medicines, but in practice they can only supplement those HIV medications. It is definitely advisable to go to a regular HIV treatment centre and to start using HIV medications if necessary.


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