If you live in Manitoba contact Nine Circles Community Health Centre to speak to a nurse about care and treatment. Your call will be completely confidential.
People living with HIV and AIDS can and are living longer, healthier lives today, with adherence to new and effective treatment plans. It is very important to make sure you have a healthcare prac titioner wh o is familiar with the care of people living with HIV and AIDS.
If you don't know which doctor to use, talk to a health care professional or trained HIV counselor or call the Manitoba HIV Program Referral Line at 204-940-6089 or 1-866-449-0165. You can also get more information by calling the Canadian AIDS treatment Information Exchange Hotline at 1-800-263-1638 or visit the website at www.catie.ca
If you are HIV positive and pregnant or planning to become pregnant it is important that you work with your healthcare practitioner. You can get more information on HIV and pregnancy by calling the Manitoba HIV Program Referral Line (see above) or by contacting The Voices of Positive Women in Toronto at 1-800-263-0961.
There are things you can do for yourself to make healthier choices. This includes:
• Regularly working with your healthcare practitioner. Keep your appointments. Adherence to prescribed treatment plans is very important to minimize the impacts of HIV on your system.
• Consider immunizations (shots) to help prevent infections such as pneumonia and flu.
• Some medications and substances may interfere with your treatment plan. You may consider working with a healthcare practitioner to reduce any potential harm involved.
• Eat as healthy as you can. This will help keep you strong, keep your energy and weight up and help your body protect itself.
• Exercise regularly to stay strong and fit.
• Get as much sleep and rest as you can.
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