Exercise can't control the
HIV infection. But exercise may help you feel better
by reducing stress. Exercise may also help your
immune system work better.
Improves strength and
Improves heart and lung fitness.
you feel less tired or fatigued.
Enhances your sense of
May help stabilize or prevent declines in CD4+ cell
Start exercising while you are healthy, and do your best to find new
ways to keep yourself motivated to maintain your exercise program.
The ability of a person who has HIV to improve his or her fitness
through training is similar to that of a person who does not have HIV. But
people with HIV may find it harder to continue with a training program because
of fatigue or muscle wasting.
Participation in competitive sports does not pose a risk of spreading
HIV to other athletes or coaches. In sports in which exposure to blood can
occur, the risk of spreading HIV is very small. But if a person
(HIV-infected or not) does start to bleed, he or she should be taken out of the
game and the wounds should be covered before the person returns to the
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.