It is quite unfortunate if you are one of those living with AIDS but that is not and shouldn’t be the end of the story.Apart from young adults, an estimated 3.2 million children are living with HIV today. Things have changed drastically after the availability of the Combination Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), which prevents the HIV virus from multiplying in the body. With all the medical enhancements and healthy lifestyle, fighting AIDS has become much easy.
There is a life, a much bigger life awaiting you beyond AIDS. In fact, an average HIV-positive person today is expected to live to be nearly 80 years of age, almost like the general population. As a lot of people are nearing the century mark or are, at least, living up to be an octogenarian, here’s a list of things one could do to survive AIDS and live a long, health life:
- Fight depression: HIV/AIDS patients can prevent a deeper circle of depression by knowing the symptoms of depression and anxiety and seeking out help at the right time. Talking about our problems can always give us new perspectives about dealing with our issues.
- Develop a positive attitude: Study shows that people who have a positive outlook towards life find it easy to deal with illness. They have a considerably less chance of having strokes, injuries and cold.
- Proper nutrition: Many people with HIV have gastrointestinal and many other problems related to digestion, but a healthy GI tract is crucial for proper absorption. Some anti-HIV medicines should be taken to avoid diarrhea. Pro-biotic and a high fiber diet can also be beneficial to HIV patients.
- Selective eating habits: Planning out a perfect diet chart, which excludes raw food like sushi or soft cheese, can rule out bacterial infections in HIV/AIDS patients.
- Kicking the butt: By quitting smoking early enough, a person with HIV substantially reduces his chances of cardiovascular diseases. So, quit that butt; the earlier, the better.
- Physical activities: Physical exercise can help boost the T-cells in HIV patients. Physical mobility which includes gyming, dancing or brisk walks can elevate the T-cells which, in turn, can help a HIV affected person lead a better life.
- Listening to one’s favorite music: Playing one’s favorite music for five minutes twice or thrice a day can help with the loss of Brain Function which is often a difficult side effect of HIV-AIDS.
- Building a social connection: It has always been believed that some form of spirituality, which would include going to gatherings, churches, temples or mosques, plays an important part in building the social circle of an individual. A sense of community where one can interact, share and have that sense of belongingness is important for an AIDS patient to feel positive about life.
- Keeping friends around: Man is not an island, he cannot live alone. Each one of us needs people who make us feel loved and valued. So, stay in touch with your old friends during this difficult phase and make some new ones. Not just the virtual ones.
We know that when HIV AIDS afflicts one, it afflicts us all. Every one of us. So let us do the most we can to fight this illness and live a healthier life. Let us not forget that AIDS is what one HAS, not what one IS.