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A Practical Guide to Nutrition for People Living With HIV

October 2007

Acknowledgements and Credits

CATIE would like to thank the following people for working with us to help produce this guide. Their time and knowledge were invaluable and much appreciated.


Diana Johansen, B.Sc., R.D.


David McLay
Derek Thaczuk
Devan Nambiar
RonniLyn Pustil
Sean Hosein
Tim Rogers

Design, Layout and Illustration

Metagrafix Design


Andrew Badley, M.D.
Angela Crawley, Ph.D.
Bill Cameron, M.D.
Brenda Done, Reg N
Bruno Lemay
Curtis Cooper, M.D.
Derek Thaczuk
Devan Nambiar
Ellie Schmidt, B.Sc., R.D.
Jennifer Heatley, BSc
Jonathan Angel, M.D.
Larry Baxter
Laurette Lévy
Louise White, RD
Maggie Atkinson
Marg Dwyer
Marianne Harris, M.D.
Noel Carney
R Paul Kerston
Paul MacPherson, Ph.D., M.D.
Paul Saunders, Ph.D., N.D.
Sean Hosein
Semenawork Teklemariam
Stan Read, M.D.

CATIE also acknowledges the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Health Canada for supplying copies of Canada's Food Guide. Production of this guide has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada and from Pfizer Canada Inc.

Mission Statement

The Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) is committed to improving the health and quality of life of all people living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) in Canada. CATIE serves PHAs, and the people and organizations that support them, by providing accessible, accurate, unbiased and timely treatment information. CATIE works in partnership with a network of other information providers to ensure that people have access to the information they need, in the form they desire, to make informed health care choices.

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Decisions about particular medical treatments should always be made in consultation with a qualified medical practitioner knowledgeable about HIV-related illness and the treatments in question.

The Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) in good faith provides information resources to help people living with HIV/AIDS who wish to manage their own health care in partnership with their care providers. Information accessed through or published or provided by CATIE, however, is not to be considered medical advice. We do not recommend or advocate particular treatments and we urge users to consult as broad a range of sources as possible. We strongly urge users to consult with a qualified medical practitioner prior to undertaking any decision, use or action of a medical nature.

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