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Getting diagnosed with HIV: Move forward with your life

for Veterans and the Public

Move forward with your life

Life does not end with a diagnosis of HIV. In fact, with proper treatment, people with HIV usually live long healthy lives. HIV can be a manageable chronic disease, like diabetes or heart disease. Taking care of your overall health can help you deal with HIV:

  • Take your medicines every day
  • Get regular medical and dental checkups
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid smoking and recreational drug use
  • Go easy on alcohol
  • Use condoms during sex (it can protect others from getting HIV, prevent unintended pregnancy, and protect you from other sexually transmitted diseases)