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How can I improve my quality of life if I have HIV?

No one - neither modern medicine nor traditional healers - has a cure for HIV. But most people with HIV can be healthy for many years, especially with the right care and treatment. During this time it can help to:

Make the best of every moment of your life.

Spend time with friends and family.

Try to keep active by doing your daily work.

Be sexual if you want to. Enjoying safe sexual touch can help you stay healthier longer.

Use protection (condoms) when you have sexual intercourse. This will protect you as well as your partner.

Try joining or starting a group of people with HIV and AIDS. Some people with HIV and AIDS work together to educate the community, to provide home care to those who are sick with AIDS, and to support the rights of people with HIV and AIDS.

Look after your spiritual and mental health. Your faith and traditions can bring you hope and strength.

Think about the future. If you have children:
If your partner is HIV infected
If you practice safer sex carefully, the infected person can avoid passing HIV to his or her partner. Condoms are the best way to prevent HIV. Cover open skin wounds and get treated promptly for STIs. And remember, there are other ways to be sexual besides sexual intercourse.