Housing

Selina Corkery, Emma Standley

Where we live is important to all of us. It can be very hard to think about anything else if we don’t have a home that feels safe and secure. Many people find it harder to take care of their health if they are living somewhere unsuitable or unsafe, or if they’re not sure how long they can stay there.  

At some point, we all have to make a decision about where we are going to live and how to find it. There are a number of housing options, and the one you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and, hopefully, your preferences. Housing options include sharing a home with other people, renting your own home, in either social housing or the private rental sector, through to buying a place of your own.

For many people, having HIV will make no difference to your housing situation or options. But it’s possible your HIV status may affect the choices you can make about housing. This could be because of your financial situation, because of your health, or because of HIV-related stigma. Poor-quality housing can affect your health and ability to manage HIV. But advice, information and support are available to help you make your choices and to deal with any problems should they arise.

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 It may have been superseded by more recent developments.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.