Being informed about HIV will help you make choices and get greater control over your life. There is still no cure for HIV but you can do lots of things to keep your immune system healthy and to prevent illness. Your doctor can explain your treatment options and there are many other things you can do, like exercising, eating well and generally being kind to yourself. Taking an active role in your health care can help keep you well. For more information see keeping well.
Being HIV positive
Women make up more than 10% of people living with HIV in Australia. While HIV affects everyone differently, women often face particular challenges.
Women with HIV are diverse in terms of education, ethnicity, sexuality and where and how they choose to live their lives. There is no ‘typical’ woman with HIV because HIV is a virus that can infect anyone.
HIV antiretroviral treatments have radically improved and now offer most people with HIV a long and healthy life — working, studying, relationships, travel, having children, looking after your families, and doing all kinds of things you enjoy. While dealing with a chronic medical condition is not always easy, many women have found that staying optimistic and taking practical steps to stay physically and mentally healthy can produce great results.