Living With HIV: A Lifestyle of Hope

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Mysti Outler

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Mysti Outler

Mysti Outler lives in Locust Grove, Georgia with her husband, Eric.

Fourteen years ago, I couldn’t understand why I was losing tons of weight, felt constantly fatigued, and generally just felt bad. I went to the doctor, who told me after a test that I was HIV positive and my levels of infection-fighting cells (called T cells) were dangerously low.

In other words, my immune system was severely compromised. Shocked and terrified, I could barely keep myself together after the diagnosis. I cried and cried, taking several months off work to cope with my new reality.

Since that dark period in my life, it’s been a long road to get where I am now. But the lifestyle changes I’ve made have prevented my virus from progressing to AIDS.

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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