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Exercise and HIV

Why Is Exercise Important? What Are the Advantages of Exercise? What Are the Risks of Exercise? Exercise Guidelines for People With HIV The Bottom Line For More Information Why Is Exercise Important? Exercise cannot control or fight HIV disease, but it may help you feel better and fight many of the side effects of HIV disease and HIV medications. It can also help you live healthier while ageing with HIV. What Are the Advantages...
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Can exercise or physical fitness reduce the acceleration or progression of the HIV infection?...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
I would really like to tell you yes, and I recommend exercise to all my patients, but the truth is the science is a little unclear. I believe that exercise makes a difference, but here is the science.There are a number of studies that show some... Read more »


Hi there. Thanks in advance for your answers. I'm a 42 yrs old male with Hiv infection since 1993. I have exercised with weights since 1986 with some interruptions, but more or less constantly. I had Pneumonia in nov/2007 (CD4 count 113 at the...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
our comments make me doubt that your depression is under control. Have you talked to your doctor about other anti-depressant options? Some antidepressants like Wellbutrin tend to have a stimulatory effect that may be bad for people with anxiety but... Read more »

HIV, diet and exercise

I would like to know, how much exercise is good (gym), what is the latest in diets and nutritional supplemets like sustacal and would you recommend usage of steroids to maintain BCM?...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
That could take several hours to answer. You should exercise to attain your goal, whatever that is, and it should be tailored to you individually. Generally if you want to build muscle mass, resistance exercises are better than aerobic training. If... Read more »

HIV and strenuous exercise

Dear Dr. Boyle, If someone is newly infected with HIV, with all of today's treatments, how many symptom free years could they have on the average? Also, is strenuous exercise good for someone with HIV infection if they were already in top shape...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
They could be symptom free for a lifetime if they get appropriate medical care and treatment and they adhere to it. Exercise is not a problem and in fact is likely to help, so feel free to continue with your exeercise routines.... Read more »
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Exercise and HIV

Posted by Anonymous
I'm currently writing an article on exercise, yoga, and HIV and would be interested in speaking with people who are exercising and trying to maintain their weight, lose weight, deal with lipodystrophy, or who are nervous about wasting. The article... Read more »

Health Expert Nelson Vergel's Personal Exercises

Posted by bartleby
Someone recently asked how our expert Nelson Vergel keeps fit. So Nelson shared some of his personal leg exercises. (and if you didn't know, he is very, very fit, as you can see below)

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Let's Talk Nutrition and Exercise!

Posted by bartleby, 6 Replies
Staying healthy with HIV doesn't have to be hard. What do you do to keep fit? What do you eat? Got any good recipes? Share with others! Read more »


Posted by hopefulone, 2 Replies
is it possible for doing too much exercise to advance the virus? exercise is a good thing in general, but is there too much? Read more »