Eating Raw Food When You Have Hiv

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The Well Project

Caring for Your Gut: Dealing With Diarrhea, Nausea and Other Stomach Problems if You Have HIV/AIDS

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Eating raw meat

Hi I've been HIV+ for about 4 years. I'm currently taking Atripla, have an undetectable VL, a CD4 count of around 500 and am feeling fine. I am something of a foodie and enjoy eating rare meat, sometimes completely raw meat (eg, steak tartare) is...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
...I even avoid sushi due to fear of contamination, food poisoning and parasites.Don't play with fire. Gut related problems in HIV can be very difficult to treat sometimesnelson Read more »

Raw seafood and HIV

I'm currently researching a paper regarding foodborne illness and immune compromised patrons. Is there any actual evidence of higher prevalence or risk or purely anecdotal?
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 FDA has issued several warnings about eating raw seafood when immune compromised. I have not actually seen the studies but can tell you that I have seen people almost dying of food poisoning after eating bad sushi or other contaminated foods. I... Read more »

Checking on my health condition

My CD4 count was 320 and virus load was 20000 plus. The doctor recommended me to start the treatment by taking combivir and efavi. I am worry about my Cd4 count. is there any way to improve my cd4 count because i scare that my body resistance...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...I agree with your doctor's recommendation. HIV treatment is the best way to increase your CD4 count and get your infection under control. Read more »


First I'd like to say your website is Godsend!Second, my daughter bought a few outfits at the mall, she pulled one of the pants out and noticed there was some redish stain. If it was blood from an HIV infected person, would this pose a risk? She...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...cryptosporidiosis parasite. It is spread from the feces of one person or animal to another person or animal, often by contaminated water, raw food, or food that isn't cooked well enough. Again, wash your hands after using the bathroom and before... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...before preparing food, and keep all of your kitchen tools and work areas clean. Wash all fruits and vegetables carefully. Don't eat raw or undercooked eggs or meat, and clean up juices from raw meat quickly. Keep leftovers refrigerated and eat... Read more »
The Well Project


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Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

... Boil drinking water. MAC bacteria are found in most water systems, hospital water supplies and bottled water. Do not eat raw foods, especially salads, root vegetables and unpasteurized milk and cheese. MAC bacteria are killed at 176F, so they... Read more »
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