Living Well

Aunt Rita’s Foundation provides support for various organizations that serve people with HIV/AIDS. Many volunteer opportunities are available to assist with a wide range of fund raising activities. For more information, visit www.auntritas.org

Life goes on after being diagnosed with HIV and maintaining your medical care will promote a better quality of life. HIV attacks the immune system which can contribute to the development of other diseases. It is important to have regular checkups with your physician not only to monitor your HIV, but also to maintain your general health. For example, it's important to have regular pap smears and tests for tuberculosis. For more information see below: 

Arizona HIV
What is PrEP or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
Avella Specialty Pharmacy Mobile App
MIHS HIV Resouces 
Healthy Arizona 
Finding Health Information
The Body: the complete HIV/AIDS Resource  

Fast Facts for MSM
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are greatly affected by HIV/AIDS. MSM are more likely than others to become infected with HIV.  Young MSM of color are no diagnosed with more new infections than anyone else. 

Why are MSM still at high risk? Stigma, discrimination, and homophobia can make it hard to be open with partners, family, and friends. Many people don't feel comfortable getting tested. Some men don't know their HIV status. They might think they're negative when they're not. Also, using alcohol and other drugs may lead people into situations they're not used to.  They might have sex that's riskier than usual.

So, what can you do to reduce your risks?
Get tested
If you're HIV negative, talk to your provider about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) - a new HIV prevention method that involves taking a pill
If you're living with HIV, start and stick with treatment
Choose less risky sexual behaviors
Use both condoms and lubricant correctly
Use less alcohol and drugs, especially before sex
To find an HIV testing site near you, visit: Get Tested. To learn more about PrEP, visit : What is PrEP