Live a productive, healthy life
When antiretrovirals (ARVs) first became available in South Africa some 20 years ago, we were able to say to HIV-positive people: HIV is not a death sentence. Since then, research and knowledge about HIV has advanced.
Today, Right Care says to HIV-positive patients: if you stay on your treatment and lead a healthy lifestyle, you can live a normal and productive life.
Scientists and researchers are working on a HIV vaccine and a cure. In the meantime, Right to Care reminds you to:
Managing a chronic condition
Living with HIV is no different to living with any other chronic condition such as diabetes or hypertension. If you don’t look after yourself, then you will develop health complications.
What to do:
Take your medicine
go for routine checks up at your healthcare facility
include fresh vegetables, meat or chicken without fat, beans and pulses, avoid sugar and processed foods, drink water rather than sugary drinks