9 Fitness Tips for People With HIV

Staying Active With HIV

If you’ve been diagnosed with HIV, you might struggle to understand how you can achieve your best physical health while living with your disease. Part of living well with HIV includes getting regular exercise, which has been shown to increase health and functionality in many HIV patients. If you’re ready to begin an exercise program after being diagnosed with HIV, keep these tips in mind while you work toward a healthier physical state.

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