|Decreasing Viral Load Via Diet
May 7, 2012
Hi. I am a 19 year old gay male who is HIV-. I am monogamously dating a guy who is 24 and is HIV+. We have been seeing each other for about 3 months now and have been having protected sex. However, though he has a low viral load, it is not undetectable. He has decided that he does not want to have sex until his viral load is undetectable. He asked me if I would be willing to wait for him and help him with achieving his goal of being undetectable. After some thought, I have agreed. Everyday I am going to remind him to take his meds when he should. My question is, what can he/we do though diet, nutrition, and exercise to help him become undetectable? And also, do you have any other suggestions and methods for decreasing his viral load? Thanks.
| Response from Mr. Vergel
The best way to decrease viral load is to take 3 active medications to which HIV does not have resistance and taking these medications on time. A healthy life style may support immunological response. Depending on baseline viral load and other unknown factors, people reach undetectable (under 50 copies/ml) HIV viral load from between 4-26 weeks. It is difficult to predict how long it will take for a certain patient.
The fact that you are supporting him through this process is great!
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