6 Things I Wish My Patients Knew About Staying Healthy With HIV

By

Elliot Raizes, MD

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The progress made over the last few decades in treating and understanding human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is one of the greatest and also most complex medical success stories of our time. While there is not yet a cure for HIV, many patients can expect to live a near-normal lifespan, have children without transmitting the virus, and have healthy sex lives. But because misconceptions about the disease are still common and the medical community is still studying HIV drugs’ long term effects, effective patient education about living with the virus is critical. Here’s what patients should know.

Managing HIV goes beyond just taking your medications—you’ve also got to live a healthy life. These patients and physicians share how you can give your body what it needs to thrive with HIV.

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