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Now That You've Started Treatment

Part of Project Inform's "Attaining HIV Health and Wellness" Booklet Series

January 2013

Now That You've Started Treatment

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Using This Booklet

Some time ago you found out you have HIV. You went to a doctor's office and got blood work done. Then you started meds. You've been taking them as directed ever since.

So now what?

HIV is not the only thing, but it's an important part of my life.

Well, simply put, your life matters. You may think that HIV is not the most important or urgent thing in your life. Many people do. But to live well with HIV you'll need to find a balance between taking care of your own health and taking care of the other things and people in your life.

Caring for HIV means more than just taking pills, although that's a big chunk of it. It's about eating well throughout your life, dealing with stress, staying involved with friends and family, exercising, getting sound sleep, and keeping your eye on changes in your health.

Don't think you'll encounter everything in this booklet. We simply want you to be aware that these things are possible -- but not necessarily probable -- for you.

The first section contains information on things that everyone should know. The second describes areas of HIV that may or may not apply to you, such as family planning.

In a lot ways, this booklet is about prevention. By knowing ahead of time what things could happen, you have some control over how your health develops over the next decades of your life.

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Section One: What Everyone Should Know
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