This is your life, your HIV and your journey. That means you make the rules, you choose where you’re going and you decide how you’re going to get there. Think of yourself as the pilot, not the passenger.
Understand that HIV and the drugs used to treat it can speed up the ageing process. That’s not to say you’ve got to swap Mykonos mayhem for birdwatching in Bridport, just get to know the risks that HIV poses to your mental and physical health and consider making small changes to your lifestyle accordingly.
Remember, even seasoned pilots need a compass. Speak to your doctor, other health professionals and support workers. Their expertise can help you take the right route to your destination – a long, happy and healthy life.
The key things to check
Different illnesses are more likely to affect people living with HIV, and/or affect them at an earlier stage than HIV negative people.
It is never too early to start thinking about managing your finances. No matter what your age is...
Psychological health problems such as dementia, anxiety, panic attacks and depression get more common as we get older...
Passengers becoming pilots
Getting treated for an illness used to feel like being a child on a school trip.
Packing for your journey
Preparing for a trip needs a little thought – not least deciding what to carry with you.