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HEALTHY FOR LIFE: MEN 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 men about sex, starting a family (if you’re thinking about this) and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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What can you expect at every age?

You’ve got your first real job and you’re making new friends. It is important that you don’t forget your health at this age. If you look after yourself and make small lifestyle changes now, you could reach a life expectancy the same as someone who is HIV negative.

In your 30s you’re probably relatively untouched by the normal effects of ageing which you’ll face further down the road. However busy you are, don’t neglect your health. Your 30s are important years for reducing the likelihood of potential problems later in life.

Greyness and wrinkles should be the least of your worries in your 40s. Added responsibility, both at home and at work, can mean added pressure – and your health may take a back seat and suffer. 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. Continue your healthy living regime throughout and beyond... your 60s and beyond to enjoy a good quality of life.

Download an overview of men's health

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.

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