HIV Doctors' Advice on Staying Healthy While Living With HIV

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Most HIV experts in the U.S. would tell you that the most important thing you can do for your health, as a person living with HIV, is to take your antiretrovirals -- the HIV medication regimen prescribed to you by your health care provider. But there's more to staying healthy as a person living with HIV than taking a daily pill.

We asked some of the most experienced, well-respected HIV physicians in the U.S.: Apart from taking HIV medications, what's the most important piece of advice you have for people living with HIV on staying healthy? Here's what they had to say.

This collection of videos is part of the Live Bold Live Now series on TheBody. Interviews took place in March 2018. Video production and editing were performed by Jens Bishop and Alex Portaluppi. Interviews were conducted by Nasreen Alkhateeb and coordinated by Daisy Becerra.

More About the HIV Care Providers We Interviewed

Ank Nijhawan, M.D., is an assistant professor in the department of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

David Alain Wohl, M.D., is a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina. He is also the co-director of HIV services at the North Carolina Department of Corrections and the co-director of the North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center.

Demetre Daskalakis, M.D., M.P.H., is the deputy commissioner in the division of disease control at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOH). Prior to joining NYC DOH, he was the medical director of ambulatory HIV services at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Judith Currier, M.D., is a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, department of medicine, at the David Geffen School of Medicine. She is also the division chief of infectious diseases and the associate director of the University of California-Los Angles Clinical AIDS Research and Education Center.

Julie Dombrowski, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor of medicine, allergy, and infectious diseases at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is also the deputy director for clinical services at Public Health Seattle & King County HIV/STD Program and the co-director of the University of Washington Public Health Capacity Building Center.

Leandro Mena, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor of medicine in infectious diseases at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is also the director of the Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Policy in the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities, as well as the medical director of the Crossroads Clinic and Open Arms Healthcare Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

Wendy Armstrong, M.D., is a professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She chaired the board of directors of the HIV Medicine Association from 2016 to 2017.