The most effective weapon you have against HIV is knowledge — understanding how the virus progresses and operates, learning how to monitor your health and staying informed of your treatment options – this is an important step in taking charge of your own health.

Equally as important is emotional support — from friends, family or a group. An opportunity to interact with people who are going through or have been through a similar experience is invaluable.

Many people continue to live healthy, happy lives more than 10 years after testing positive for HIV. The bottom line is that testing positive for HIV is not a death sentence. Treating your body well, following your doctor’s instructions and maintaining good mental health are simple steps you can take to manage your health. Different things work for different people — find out what works for you and do it.

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