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How Hiv Affects Nutrition

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Nutrition

Why Is Nutrition Important? Good nutrition means eating the right kinds and amounts of food. Good nutrition can be a problem for many people with HIV. In order to fight infection, the body uses energy and nutrients from food at an increased rate. Some medications can upset your stomach, and some opportunistic infections can affect the mouth or throat. This makes it difficult to eat. Also, some medications and infections cause diarrhea...
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nutrition exercise and hiv positive

hi. I have heard people say hiv positive people should eat healthy, how does what one eats affect the hiv in thier syster. In other words how does nutrition play a part in an hiv positive person being healthy. If you are hiv positive and smoke how...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
The right nutrition decisions can help manage high ldl cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, and belly fat. Most protease inhibitors and Sustiva can cause increased lipids. Some people have increases in visceral and upper trunk fat while on HIV... Read more »

pre-diagnosis nutrition

Dr. Bob,If I'm currently in the "window period" for possible HIV infection, would restructuring my diet and beginning on a multivitamin as a precaution be a good idea? Which type of multivitamin would you suggest? What other methods...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Window period or no window period. HIV or no HIV. A good healthy diet promotes good health! It really is just that simple. (See below.)As for which type of multivitamins you should use, I'd suggest an inexpensive one! Compare labels and get... Read more »

Nutrition and exercise with PML

My step-son has been diagnosed with PML. He was diagnosed with HIV 10 years ago. About a month ago his t-Cell or CD4 count (I think they are the same thing) was 24. Two weeks later the number had doubled to ~50. He has a very short memory span -...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Recovery from PML is highly variable and depends a lot on the CD4 count and recovery of CD4 cells. Also crucial are the size and location of the PML lesions which often behave similar to a stroke so that some damage is not very reversible but in... Read more »

Is there a period of time where I will be feeling really fatigue and then really hungry with my medication? (NUTRITION)

Doctor Bob,I've been taking Atripla for 3 months now. I still haven't had a drug resistant test due to waiting on my insurance to retroactive back since the state is helping me pay for it. My question is, I sometimes feel really fatigue...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Without knowing much more about your particular situation, it is difficult to provide you with very specific answers. Certainly what you are experiencing is not normal and warrants a thorough evaluation. It may or may not be related to your HIV... Read more »
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Food, Nutrition, and HIV Conference 12/6 in Boston

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Food, Nutrition, and HIV Conference in Boston, on December 6



The Food, Nutrition, and HIV Conference is a day-long event for HIV-positive persons and front-line service providers.

It is organized by the AIDS Action Committee's HIV Health Institute.



Th... Read more »

Nutrition and HIV: Loosing rights to choose

Posted by bradford, 1 Reply
Nutrition and HIV: Loosing rights to choose Dietary Supplements!


Are you aware youre loosing your rights to choose? Have you noticed your choices of natural health products for optimizing your health are disappearing?

Why? Because of legislation... Read more »

HIV and Nutrition fighting back

Posted by Atlanta2005, 1 Reply
Ever since I lost my lover and a few friends when no meds were available, I have been following the frontlines and behind the lines of HIV. Its been 20 years. I am not an expert, but I know more about a lot of things than my own doctor does. And I... Read more »

7/23, Washington, DC: AIDS 2012 - Satellite on food & nutrition support in HIV care

Posted by wfppsn
Harvard Medical School, Partners In Health and the World Food Programme cordially invite you to attend the IAS 2012 satellite Showing the Impact of Food Assistance and Nutrition Support in HIV Care.

Date: July 23, 2012
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Locati... Read more »