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Nutrition & HIV

Having a healthy, balanced diet is important for us all, but it is particularly important for people living with HIV.

Antiretroviral drugs can control HIV infection, but without good food and nutrients, the immune system cannot rebuild itself or protect itself from infections, weight loss and muscle wasting.

Appropriate nutrition can help the absorption and effectveness of medication, can assist with adherence to medication and can help to counteract the side effects of some medications.

Food can be used as a tool to help better manage a person's long-term health and improve their quality of life.