HEALTHY FOR LIFE: WOMEN AND HIV
Making positive changes to your lifestyle can help you stay healthier for longer, whether you are newly diagnosed or have lived with HIV for many years. This section provides information, tips and advice for women about sex, starting a family (if you’re thinking about this), the menopause and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AT EVERY AGE?
You may be studying or just starting your first job and making new friends. At this busy time it is important to remember to look after your health. By making small lifestyle changes now, you could improve your life expectancy so that it is nearly similar to someone who is HIV negative.
In your 30s you are coming more into your own and feeling stronger in your identity. However, this is a time when some women may grapple with baby questions, like ‘should I or can I have one?’ Many life changes can happen in your 30s so it’s important to stay on top of your health.
Getting in shape for the rest of your life doesn’t have to be daunting. Look out for signs and symptoms of ageing and take all the necessary health precautions now.
By the time you’re in your 50s, you probably can’t escape the fact that you’re getting older—you may notice new aches and pains or changes in your wellbeing. There are a number of things to look out for.
You’ve hit your 60s and may start enjoying a slower pace of life. If you have made positive lifestyle choices from an early age you are more likely to enjoy a good quality of life, so don’t stop now; continue your healthy living regime throughout your 60s and beyond.
Remember, you are not alone. If you have any questions or concerns you can always speak to your healthcare team. To help you find out how you can plan for your next appointment and helpful questions to ask, go to What To Ask for tips and downloadable questions.