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Nutrition resources

  • Antiretroviral drugs chart

    A one-page reference guide to the anti-HIV drugs licensed for use in the European Union, with information on formulation, dosing, key side-effects and food restrictions....

    From: Antiretroviral drugs chart

    Information level Level 1
  • Healthy eating

    Good nutrition is important for everyone’s health. Nutrition plays an important role in the health of the immune system and its ability to fight infection. Healthy...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Nutrition

    This booklet provides information on nutrition for people with HIV. ...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements

    A balanced diet will provide all the vitamins and minerals most people need.Large doses of vitamin and mineral supplements can be harmful.Several herbal remedies can interact dangerously...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Nutrition

    Eating well is important to staying healthy. Find out more about this here, and other information on HIV, diet and staying well....

    From: Living with HIV

    Information level Level 2
  • Unintentional weight loss

    Weight loss, or wasting, is one of the most common symptoms of untreated HIV infection, and can occur at any stage of infection. It needs...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Seven ways to look after your health

    There’s a lot you can do to take care of your health. It’s not just about popping pills.Just as for anybody else, changes to your...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • A healthy weight

    There are usually two reasons why people put on too much weight - eating too much food and not doing enough physical activity.A balanced diet...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1

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  • Vitamin D supplements 'advised for everyone'

    Everyone should consider taking vitamin D supplements in autumn and winter, public health advice in England and Wales says.

    25 July 2016 | BBC Health
  • Not So Fast: Do people with HIV really experience accelerated aging?

    Recent talk about HIV and aging has almost always been scary. A number of studies conclude that people living with HIV have so-called “accelerated aging”—meaning they will suffer heart attacks, strokes, cancers, and osteoporosis more often and sooner than those without HIV. Well, this is one article on aging and HIV that will challenge the concept of people living with HIV having an early expiration date. Instead, we can look at what we know and what we don’t, to get a better idea of what the risks are for HIV-positive people growing older—and what they can do about them.

    08 July 2016 | Positively Aware
  • “Can People with HIV Eat Sushi?”: Your HIV & Diet Questions Answered

    These days the top health concerns for people with HIV are the same nutrition and diet-associated health problems faced by other Americans, like becoming overweight or obese. I often worry more about the impact of fast food and soda on my patients than I do about them getting sick from something related to HIV.

    24 November 2015 | BETA blog
  • Superhero Vaginal Bacteria Species Traps HIV, Could Be a Natural Condom Someday

    The benevolent powers of the vaginal microbiome are even greater than we thought. In addition to aiding fertilization and protecting fetuses during pregnancy, healthy vaginal mucus that’s full of good bacteria can trap and immobilize HIV particles. The study examined the cervicovaginal mucus, or CVM, of 31 women and tested its ability to immobilize HIV particles. CVM samples that contained higher concentrations of D-lactic acid, which only bacteria can produce, did far better than others. The D-lactic acid wasn’t itself a barrier to HIV, but an indicator of something else going on that made certain types of CVM better at trapping the virus than others. That something was Lactobacillus crispatus, a species of bacteria that could change the way we think about HIV prevention.

    08 October 2015 | Slate
  • Modern life fuels an old infection: Could diabetes inflame the TB epidemic?

    As the developing world becomes more developed, the rise in prosperity in these countries could also result in the rise of a lethal infectious disease -- tuberculosis (TB). It is not widely known that diabetes also triples the risk a person will develop TB. "Diabetes reduces peoples immunity," says Dr. Anthony Harries, senior adviser to the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases . "The same biology underlies the interaction between TB and HIV, which attacks and destroys your immune system. Globally we have about 2 billion people with latent TB. Put diabetes into that equation and you immediately see there is a problem."

    20 November 2014 | CNN
  • Ethiopia: HIV patient nutrition more vital than once assumed

    Researchers have shown that a dietary supplement given during the first months of HIV treatment significantly improves the general condition of patients. Their results are published in the journal BMJ.

    15 May 2014 | University of Copenhagen (press release)
  • The Impact of the Welfare Reform on People Living With HIV in England

    Based on a survey of 287 people diagnosed with HIV across England the report found that two-thirds of were affected by benefit changes, with nine out of ten reporting poorer health and limited access to HIV care as a result. Handling of the reforms is criticised in the report, in particular assessments and their failure in supporting some of the most vulnerable in our community.

    03 April 2014 | Positively UK
  • Supplements That May Slow HIV Can Fuel Prostate Cancer

    High-dose supplementation with selenium and vitamin E can raise the risk of high-grade prostate cancer among certain men.

    28 February 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • Food fungi in developing countries linked to worse HIV infection

    Two common fungi found on food in developing countries could be worsening the effects of HIV, say researchers from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

    21 August 2013 | HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
  • Grow your own scheme to help people living with HIV in coastal Uganda

    People living with HIV in harbour landing sites of Kaberamaido district, eastern Uganda are set to benefit from an agriculture project that will enable them to grow their own food. more →

    15 April 2013 | Key Correspondents
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

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