Fighting HIV is Easier When You Have a Plan
Set goals for your well-being
Creating a plan can help you fight the virus. Set goals. And see them through.
- Use a calendar to keep track of dates that are significant to you and your treatment, or to record days you don't feel so well
- Challenge yourself to stick with behaviors that may have worked for you before
- Go for your regular checkups (it helps your health care professional stay up-to-date on all your health concerns)
- Stay on your positive path forward by eating a healthy diet and exercise regularly
- Keep track of your lab results, like your CD4 count and viral load. These help your health care professional know when to start treatment and, once you're on treatment, how well you're doing on your medications
- If you relocate, do not stop getting medical attention. Let your current health care professional know if you plan to relocate because he or she will be able to refer you to someone else with experience in HIV care
- If drugs or alcohol are a problem, this is the time to seek help
- Keep in touch with the people who love you—they can be a vital source of emotional strength
Talk to your health care provider about the AIDS services that may be available to you.