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Nutritional Needs For Hiv

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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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I work for an international non-profit based in Kenya. We work with hundreds of AIDS orphans and are concerned about their nutritional needs as the disease spreads to them. They are weakened by the fact they are orphans. Can you suggest books,...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
There are a couple of web sites that should provide materials helpful for you. The National Pediatric HIV Resource Center (, an informational site for health care providers, has a Nutrition and Pediatric HIV Reference List that... Read more »


Hii have been positive now for 6 months. i was "lucky" enolugh to find out during sero conversion, and opted to start meds right away. i am on combivir and sustiva, although i will likely come off them for a period of time in about a...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
You seem to be doing pretty well with your diet and supplements. I would just make sure that you are getting at least 200 micrograms a day of selenium and 100 mg/day each of riboflavin and thiamine.I would also exercise (a combination of... Read more »

HIV and nutritional supplements

My question is should nutritional supplements be initiated at the time of a positive diagnosis, or should this be delayed until there are physical signs of wasting?...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

Response from Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

The Cutting Edge
A very frustrating problem in HIV care is why, when, and for whom to recommend supplementation. Nutritional supplements (beyond food) are generally intiated because of an individual's needs at any point in time. This means that any... Read more »

HIV & AIDS Nutrition Education

My name is Dawn. I am a well-ness consultant for those diagnosed HIV, AIDS, ARC and diagnosed with opportunistic infections. I provide information on wholistic nutrition and naturopathic immune system enhancement. I was diagnosed in 1993 HIV+. I...
Marc Hellerstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Marc Hellerstein, M.D., Ph.D.

University of California Berkeley & San Francisco
Dear Dawn:I would be very glad to talk to you and try to be of any assistance. Your desire to help other people is admirable. It sounds as if you are off to a great start in this job and may not need much from us, though.Good luck, mh... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

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 »

Pre-med vitamins and nutritional supplements

Posted by DC23, 5 Replies
I'm newly positive, and I don't yet require any meds. (My viral load is low, and my T-cells are high.) I was wondering if anyone had any advice on preventative measures to take now that I'm early in my HIV infection. Does anyone recommend... Read more »