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Living well with HIV

Living well with HIV means different things to different people living with HIV. Some take the pills and are out the door; others are methodical in managing the condition, while others are somewhere between. But while people with HIV live longer, we do not necessarily live well with HIV.

Just having an undetectable viral load doesn’t eliminate the challenges that come with living with a chronic health condition - and a heavily stigmatised one (depending on who you ask). But, onwards and upwards, here are our top tips for living well with HIV. The links go to other parts of this website, where you will find details of relevant organisations and services - specialising in providing practical advice and support for everyone living with HIV.

Take your HIV medication as prescribed and attend appointments with your HIV clinic

HIV treatment | MEN R US
Understanding undetectable = untransmittable (U=U) | MEN R US
HIV treatment centres | London | MEN R US
Some provide in-house counselling and support groups
HIV Drug Interaction Checker | MEN R US 

Exercise regularly and manage your emotional and mental health

Get out and active | MEN R US
Your mental health matters | MEN R US
Finding a counsellor or therapist | MEN R US
Some HIV centres provide in-house counselling and support groups
Mental health support directory | MEN R US

Manage your alcohol intake and recreational drug use

A little bit about alcohol MEN R US
Safer drug use, or harm reduction, and why it matters | MEN R US
Safer chemsex | MEN R US
HIV Drug Interaction Checker | MEN R US 

Give up smoking

About smoking | MEN R US
Quitting smoking | MEN R US

Get regular sexual health check-ups

Sexual health clinics | MEN R US
Sexual health clinics (London) | MEN R US 
Sexual Health London | MEN R US
SH:24 (outside London) | MEN R US

HIV co-infection with hepatitis B and/ or C

Hepatitis | MEN R US
Hepatitis C and chemsex | MEN R US

Consider a welfare and benefits check

Ask your HIV clinic or search your local authority's website.

Combating HIV stigma

HIV stigma | MEN R US


Living well with HIV | THT
Living Your Best Life with HIV | Positively UK
Living with HIV and AIDS | NHS
UK Community Advisory Board (UK-CAB)
HIV treatment information and advocacy | i-base
Life expectancy for people living with HIV | nam aidsmap
 Health insurance for people with HIV | nam aidsmap
Living with HIV | Avert
Living Well
The Body


 No ‘4th 90’ — Why living well is not a goal when it comes to HIV | Politico | 9 Oct 2023
 Fears that 'historic and pioneering goal' of no new HIV cases by 2030 could be missed | Liverpool Echo | 7 Oct 2023
 Older people are living longer with HIV across the UK, which is a cause for celebration | Royal College of Nursing | 27 Jul 2023
 NHS is 'failing' patients living with HIV | BBC | 5 Mar 2023
 Late HIV diagnosis of older people is an increasing problem, in most parts of the world | nam aidsmap | 15 Mar 2022
 Ageing with HIV | The Lancet | 23 Feb 2022
 Through Positive Eyes: living with HIV and Aids - a photo essay | The Guardian | 1 Dec 2020
 How should we care for older people with HIV? | nam aidsmap | 19 Now 2020
 Rise in new HIV cases in over-50s - study | BBC | 27 Sep 2017
Living with HIV: six very different stories | The Guardian | 22 Mar 2015
 Ageing Britons with HIV need more support, say nursing chiefs | The Guardian | 15 Jun 2014
Growing old with HIV | The Guardian | 11 Sep 2013
 Meeting the evolving needs of people living with HIV | nature portfolio
Growing old with HIV: Challenges and opportunities | Medical News Today

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