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  • Tiredness and fatigue

    Illnesses and drug side-effects can contribute to fatigue.People often report an increase in their energy levels after starting HIV treatment.A healthy balanced diet may help...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • The lungs

    Some lung problems can be more serious in people with HIV and occur more frequently.Smoking is a very common cause of lung disease.Antibiotics can be...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Eight ways to look after your health

    There’s a lot you can do to take care of your health. It’s not just about popping pills.Just as for anybody else, changes to your...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • A healthy weight

    There are usually two reasons why people put on too much weight – eating too much food and not doing enough physical activity.A balanced diet...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • The heart

    Unhealthy lifestyles and untreated HIV contribute to heart attacks, diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure.Symptoms can include tiredness, breathlessness, an irregular heartbeat and chest pains.If anti-HIV drugs...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • The liver

    The liver plays an important role in how the body processes anti-HIV drugs.Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver and is relatively common in people with...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Alcohol

    Long-term alcohol use can increase the risk of serious health conditions.Alcohol can damage the liver which plays an important role in how the body processes...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Nutrition

    This booklet provides information on nutrition for people with HIV. ...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Sleep

    Sleep is essential to physical and mental health.Anxiety, depression, drug or alcohol use, and illness can contribute to sleep problems.Simple lifestyle changes may be enough to...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements

    A balanced diet will provide all the vitamins and minerals most people need.Large doses of vitamin and mineral supplements can be harmful.Several herbal remedies can interact dangerously...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Sexual health check-ups

    If you are sexually active, it is important to have regular sexual health check-ups. In the UK, it is recommended that men who have sex with men,...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • GPs and primary care

    Many GPs offer services which are not available at your HIV clinic.To access a GP you must be registered as their patient.You don't have to...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Exercise

    Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.Exercise has many physical benefits and can also improve mental health.It is recommended that adults do moderate...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV, mental health & emotional wellbeing

    This booklet is an introduction to mental health for people with HIV. ...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV and your body

    As well as affecting your immune system, HIV may affect your hormonal system. You may experience menstrual changes, especially if you have a low CD4 cell count and/or...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Health issues

    If you are ‘HIV positive’ this means that you have a virus called HIV in your body. It doesn’t mean that you are ill, or that...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2

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  • Not So Fast: Do people with HIV really experience accelerated aging?

    Recent talk about HIV and aging has almost always been scary. A number of studies conclude that people living with HIV have so-called “accelerated aging”—meaning they will suffer heart attacks, strokes, cancers, and osteoporosis more often and sooner than those without HIV. Well, this is one article on aging and HIV that will challenge the concept of people living with HIV having an early expiration date. Instead, we can look at what we know and what we don’t, to get a better idea of what the risks are for HIV-positive people growing older—and what they can do about them.

    08 July 2016 | Positively Aware
  • World No Tobacco Day 2016: Living with HIV, dying with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

    Why does it make sense to integrate tobacco cessation into antiretroviral clinics?

    31 May 2016 | Inis Communication
  • Four Skills You Need to Successfully Manage Your HIV

    Chronic illnesses can impact anyone, the secret is to manage yours. And to do that you need some specific skills. The people who are the most successful at managing their disease often do so by thinking of their illness as a journey or a hike down a path.

    24 January 2016 | Huffington Post Canada
  • What hard times & stress do for your HIV health

    Stress may seem like an unavoidable consequence of daily life—with the top concerns being over money, work, family responsibilities and health concerns. And people with HIV—who may be facing a new diagnosis, challenges related to disclosure, or health concerns—may experience even higher levels. In addition to affecting mental wellbeing and day-to-day enjoyment, how do stressful life events impact people with HIV?

    08 January 2016 | BETA blog
  • “Can People with HIV Eat Sushi?”: Your HIV & Diet Questions Answered

    These days the top health concerns for people with HIV are the same nutrition and diet-associated health problems faced by other Americans, like becoming overweight or obese. I often worry more about the impact of fast food and soda on my patients than I do about them getting sick from something related to HIV.

    24 November 2015 | BETA blog
  • New web resource for sexual health, mental health and drug use

    A website providing the LGBTI community with information on drug use as well as sexual and mental health will be launched in Melbourne this week. The website describes a large number of drugs, how they are ingested and what the effects are, both short term and long term.

    24 November 2015 | Gay News Network
  • The rise of gay 'chemsex' parties involving libido-enhancing drugs

    Life is better than ever for London's gay community. So why are some men indulging in drug-fuelled parties of weekend-long, often unsafe, sex with HIV rates on the rise? The writer Matt Cain believes the roots of the dark 'chemsex' scene touch us all.

    20 October 2015 | The Independent
  • The Heart of the Matter: Lowering your risk of heart disease

    People with HIV are at a greater risk for heart disease than the general population, even when they are taking antiretrovirals (ARVs) and have a fully suppressed virus. What can you do to lower that risk?

    03 October 2015 | Poz
  • How People With HIV Can Combat Their Raised Risk of Cancer

    HIV-positive people have a much higher risk of certain cancers than the general population. Here are some ways to help improve your chances of avoiding cancer.

    04 September 2015 | Poz
  • 5 HIV-Positive Men Give Advice to Their Former Selves

    Here are words of wisdom on surviving and thriving for those newly diagnosed with HIV.

    01 September 2015 | The Advocate
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.