The belief that HIV diagnosis is a death sentence is now archaic and should be discarded. With the advent of antiretroviral therapy, HIV-positive persons are now living longer and healthier especially if they start treatment early and follow it diligently.
However, there are certain habits HIV-positive patients engage in which can make their treatment ineffective and also shorten their lifespan. You should avoid engaging in these lifestyles to increase your life expectancy. In this article, I'll like to enlighten you about some of these habits according to Verywell Health
1. Delaying treatmentsThis is one of the most common mistakes HIV-positive people make. HIV treatment is most effective when started during early infection, that is when the CD4 count is high. People who start treating HIV early have a high chance of living longer.
2. SmokingResearch has shown that smokers who are living with HIV have a higher risk of shortening their lives than those with HIV that do not smoke. Smoking removes an average of 12 years from the lifespan of an HIV patient.
3. Injecting Drug UseHIV-positive persons who inject drugs into their system have more risk of being susceptible to infections and having twice a shorter lifespan than those who do not engage in this act. These persons also have a higher risk of having hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases which weakens the immune system.
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