Self-Care & Living Positively with HIV | #PositivelyFearless


Caring is

Caring for ourselves takes courage. It calls for self-reflection, requires self-acceptance and demands a daily commitment to living our best lives. Self-care might look different for each of us, but at its core, it's about prioritizing all aspects of our health.

HIV treatment is a key part of self-care, and getting on treatment as soon as possible is critical to living your best life with HIV. Once you start a medication, sticking to it is just as important because missing doses can cause HIV drug resistance, which means a medication or class of medications could potentially stop working.

HIV medications may affect us differently based on our age, gender, ethnicity or body type. That's why it's important to have open conversations with your healthcare provider about your specific needs and how you're feeling so you can find a treatment that works for you and is supportive of your lifestyle.


Self care is an investment in our overall health and well being. Maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of our overall health. When we talk about weight, it's not about focusing on what we look like, it's about the impact it can have on our bodies. Understanding the different factors that may influence our weight - from diet and exercise, to the kinds of medication we take - is key to self-care.

Check out these nutrition and exercise tips to help you get started and stay on track.

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Tips PDF

Learn more about maintaining a healthy weight and knowing what factors may influence weight gain.


Making thoughtful choices and being open with ourselves and our healthcare providers empowers us to be our best selves -- through the good times and those more difficult moments. By taking care of ourselves, we can give our best, be our best, and give back to our community.

Use our Fearless Conversations guide to prepare for an open discussion about your treatment path with your healthcare provider.

By taking care of ourselves, we can give our best, be our best, and give back to the community.

We Are Fearless

We are a community that's redefining what it means to live with HIV. With every challenge we face and every success we celebrate, together, we're living fearlessly. See how others in the community are living Positively Fearless.

Don't let the virus outsmart
your medication

When you miss doses, the virus can
mutate to resist your HIV medication. But
there are some HIV medications that could help reduce that risk.

Have fearless conversations with your
doctor. They can help you understand
the factors that put you at risk, and find
the treatment that works for you.




Let’s Get Real
About Risk

Everyone’s risk factors for developing HIV drug resistance are different – from how often we may miss doses to how busy our schedules are. But for anyone at risk, drug resistance can stop your medication – or even an entire class of medication – from working.

Understanding our risk and talking to our doctors helps create a treatment plan that can reduce our chances of developing drug resistance.

See what your individual risk is by taking the quiz below, and then talk to your doctor about your results.

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Learn even more about your risk and how these factors affect it.

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Understanding Your Risk PDF


The more you know about your risk for resistance, the more empowered you'll be to take an active role on your HIV treatment journey.

Not all HIV medications are the same. To find out more about a treatment option that may help reduce your risk of developing HIV drug resistance, click on the button below.

Be fearless and talk to your doctor about your risk for resistance and ask if a treatment option with a high barrier to resistance may be right for you.

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