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Proper Nutrition And Immune Function When Living With HIV

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Damages the Immune System

Introduction The basic structure of HIV is similar to that of other viruses (Figure 1 ). HIV has a core of genetic material surrounded by a protective sheath, called a capsid . The genetic material in the core is RNA (ribonucleic acid), which contains the information that the virus needs in order to replicate (make more copies of itself) and perform other functions. You can think of RNA as the set of rules the virus follows in order to...
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Immune Function & Anabolic Steriods

Right or wrong, I was a body builder and until recently was taking stanazolol and dianabol on one of my cycles and decca (nandrolone) on another. I have recently been diagnosed +ve and had a bout of PCP. Now that I am recovered from the PCP I want...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello, and thanks for posting. I am not aware of adverse effects of androgenic or anabolic steroids on immune function in patients with HIV infection. As you indicate, some people feel that steroids should be used more often in HIV management in... Read more »

what is defined as proper nutrition?

i have had hiv since 07/29/08 my viral load is 168,870 my cd4 is 513 and my cd8 is 1315. i have 8.5% body fat as of 02/2007 and i dont work out or exercise except maybe with walking an average of 4 miles a day. my nutrition sucks, because i crave...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
First of all, I would consider getting HIV treatment with your high viral load. There are many great resources in San Francisco. Call the Project Inform Helpline at 1-800-822-7422Dr Rick Loftus and Dr Howard Grossman are great at treating 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 »

HIV and proper diet

I am newly diagnosed with HIV. Is there any food, I shouldnt be eating? For example, sweets, caffine, alcohol. I was told my protein levels are high, should I try to reduce them? How do I go about doing this? I was told to take sustiva on a...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
The effect of diet on HIV is a difficult topic because of the lack of scientific studies, especially in the post-HAART era. Before effective therapy became available it was very common to see muscle wasting and weight loss in persons living with... Read more »
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7/9: Staten Island, NY: A Health Living Luncheon for People Living with HIV and AIDS

Posted by bartleby
A Health Living Luncheon for People Living with HIV and AIDS
Monday, July 9
Noon - 3:00pm
514 Bay Street (Soup Kitchen)
Staten Island, NY

Featuring: Blood Pressure Screening, Mental Health Screening, Nutritional Presentation - Eating the right foods,... Read more »


Posted by sbev1981, 2 Replies
Hello All-
I am sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis. The one thing that you need to remember is that you are going to be ok!! When I first got the shocking news from my doctor in January the first thing that went through my mind is "OMG my... Read more »

Please help me. Can't even function...

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
I had an encounter with an ex-boyfriend a couple days ago. My anxiety is getting the best of me.

This encounter was a one time thing. Bad part is we used no protection and he didn't "pull out".

He had just gotten out of a 1 1/2 year relationship... Read more »

Immune System Booster

Posted by kinzie1, 2 Replies

I do not have hiv or aids but a good friend of mine passed away a few years ago from it. I

live in Arizona. I was wondering if anybody has heard about mangosteen juice a new

product that is doing amazing things as an Immune System Booster. I also... Read more »