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
- Healthy Arizona
- Learn to Use the Internet
- Finding Health Information
- Computer Classes at Burton Barr Central Library
- Burton Barr Central Library Classes
- Evening Computer Classes
- Life and Times of A Teenager Program
- The Body: the complete HIV/AIDS Resource
- HIV Consent Law
- Club Meds
- Prevention for Black Women
- 1n10 Community Information
- New Hope of Arizona
- Benefit Check Up
- Youth Health
- Rethinking how to prevent HIV in Young People: Evidence
- Before She is Ready: 15 Places Girls Marry by 15
- Make it Matter: 10 Key Advocacy Messages to Prevent HIV
in Girls and Young Women
- Advocates for Youth
- Addictions Services
- Counseling and Support services for Spanish speaking clients
- The Mental Health America of Arizona -- Peer Support
- Youth Stories
- Support Groups
- Logans Playground
- HIV test helps a mom protect her newborn - AZ Republic
- Quality Health Care
- Tuberculosis Testing
- Viral Load
- Treatment Action Group
Planning for Medication Side Effects
Most medications have side effects, including your HIV drugs. The goal of HIV treatment is to find the best medications to help you stay healthy, with the least amount of side effects. Most reactions to HIV drugs (such as headache, upset stomach, and feeling tired) are common, and will go away with time. Even though these side effects are normal, they're still frustrating and difficult to deal with. Many people choose not to stay on HIV treatment because of how they feel while taking them.
Creating a plan for dealing with side effects, and sticking to it, can help you stay on track. Your medical provider can help you figure out which side effects are serious, and which you can deal with yourself. Understanding your medications can prepare you for these potential side effects, so you don't fall out of care. Here's a list of questions to bring and ask your doctor about your HIV drugs:
What are the names of my drugs?
What do the drugs do?
What is the best time of the day to take them?
Do I take them with or without food?
Should I avoid any foods or other medications when taking these drugs?
What are the most common side effects?
Are there side effects that can be serious?
What should I do if my side effects are serious and your office is closed?
To learn more about the possible side effects of HIV treatment, visit: Office of Women's Health
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