Six Important Things If You Have HIV/AIDS
1) Establish a good, honest relationship with an HIV specialist.
- Your honesty will help your doctor recommend the treatment that is best for your lifestyle
- Tell your doctor if you use alcohol, drugs or over-the-counter medications, they may interfere with your treatment
2) Keep track of your health care.
- Use a calendar to remind yourself of medical appointments
- Keep a record of your lab results, especially CD4 and viral load – this will help you to see whether or not your meds are working
3) Be loyal to your medication regimen.
- Take your meds exactly as prescribed
- If you will be away from home – take your meds with you
4) Educate yourself on the virus.
- Community-based organizations can put you in touch with available resources
- Find HIV-related magazines or websites to stay updated
- Attend HIV programs sponsored by AIDS Services Organizations or your clinic
5) Carefully consider to whom you tell about your HIV status.
- Most people find it helpful to tell at least one close friend or family member
- You MUST tell sexual partners – It’s an Ohio law!
6) If you believe in a higher power, your spirituality can be a support to you.
- Prayer and meditation may help you find peace
- Counseling or Support Groups may assist you