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  • Unintentional weight loss

    The improvements in health that accompany treatment with anti-HIV drugs include improvements in body weight. However, weight loss can be a very serious issue for people with HIV,...

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  • Nutrition

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

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  • HIV-related wasting can have long-term consequences

    HIV-associated wasting can have a long-term impact on physical function and quality of life, according to research from the United States published in the online edition of AIDS. The research was conducted by investigators from the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. ...

    30 November 2015 | Michael Carter
  • Not having enough food linked to poor treatment outcomes in New York

    People who don’t have enough food to eat are less likely to have an undetectable viral load than other people living with HIV, according to a longitudinal study from New York City, published in the July 1 issue ...

    23 June 2015 | Roger Pebody
  • Uganda: Food insecurity decreases after starting ART

    Food insecurity significantly decreased over time, and nutritional status improved, in adults starting antiretroviral treatment (ART) in Uganda, researchers report in the advance online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. In this prospective cohort of 228 ...

    06 July 2012 | Carole Leach-Lemens
  • Vigilance over early weight loss on HIV treatment needed, Tanzanian study shows

    Nearly one-third of patients experienced substantial weight loss in the first ten months after starting antiretroviral therapy, research has shown. Leading American and Tanzanian researchers warn that healthcare workers in resource-limited settings need to be on the look out for ...

    18 January 2012 | Carole Leach-Lemens
  • Overweight patients have best gains in CD4 cell count twelve months after starting HIV therapy

    Patients who would normally be classified as overweight have the biggest increases in their CD4 cell counts during the first year of HIV therapy, US investigators report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Immune restoration after ...

    11 October 2011 | Michael Carter
  • Cotrimoxazole prophylaxis for HIV-positive infants aids growth, reduces anaemia

    Use of daily cotrimoxazole in untreated HIV-infected infants significantly improved growth and reduced anaemia, Andrew Prendergast and colleagues reported in new findings from an observational analysis of the children enrolled in the Children with Antibiotic Prophylaxis (CHAP) trial published in ...

    11 April 2011 | Carole Leach-Lemens
  • Watch for malnutrition risk in children with HIV after starting ART

    One in nine HIV-infected children with advanced illness was hospitalised with severe malnutrition within 12 weeks of starting antiretroviral and these children had a 15-fold increased risk of dying within the first six months compared to those children not hospitalised, ...

    29 March 2011 | Carole Leach-Lemens
  • Food assistance improved ART adherence, retention in care, in Haiti

    Providing food assistance to people living with HIV in a comprehensive HIV programme in Haiti, where the quality and quantity of food is poor, improved adherence and weight gain as well as clinic attendance, Louise C Ivers and colleagues ...

    08 November 2010 | Carole Leach-Lemens
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Malnutrition news selected from other sources

  • 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)
  • Malnutrition decreases effectiveness of HIV treatment in pregnant African women

    In Uganda the prescription of three antiretroviral drugs, which aim to suppress the virus to prevent disease progression, have resulted in huge reductions in HIV mortality rates. However, disease is not the only scourge in Uganda, and a new study in The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology explores the impact food insecurity may have on treating pregnant women.

    19 February 2014 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Antiretroviral Drugs Sold for Food in Kenya’s Slums

    Impoverished Kenyans living with HIV/AIDs are sometimes selling their antiretroviral drugs to buy food for themselves and their families. Medical professionals believe there has been a slight growth in the trend, saying that people are simply trying to survive.

    05 March 2013 | Voice of America
  • Texas: Food availability linked with poor outcomes for HIV-positive children

    An HIV-positive child whose family does not have enough good food available is more likely to have a poor clinical outcome, researchers reported. They found that children who did not always have enough to eat had lower CD4 counts as well as higher chances of incomplete viral suppression.

    12 February 2013 | Baylor College of Medicine press release
  • Antiretroviral treatment for HIV reduces food insecurity, study finds

    Can treatment with modern anti-HIV drugs help fight hunger for HIV-infected patients in Africa? Starting antiretroviral therapy for HIV reduces "food insecurity" among patients in Uganda, suggests a new study.

    06 December 2012 | Science Daily
  • South Africa: Surviving On an Empty Stomach

    Nombulelo Manala Lubhelu (45) of Lusikisiki-kwaGqwarhu location has taken the tough decision of declining lifesaving antiretrovirals (ARVs) because she is simply too poor to buy food and does not want to take her medication on an empty stomach.

    31 October 2012 | AllAfrica
  • For many destitute Kenyans, illegal sales of anti-HIV drugs only means of survival

    The illegal sale of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs that curb HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is rampant in Kenya. Patients who receive the drugs for free under international aid programs are selling them to wealthy people who want to keep their HIV secret, or to those elsewhere in Africa who face difficulties obtaining the medication.

    29 October 2012 | The Asahi Shimbun
  • Food insecurity adds to health problems in HIV

    People with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who don't have reliable access to nutritious food are more likely to end up in the hospital than those who regularly get enough to eat, a new study from San Francisco suggests.

    13 September 2012 | Reuters
  • Better food seen as key in AIDS treatment

    Inadequate access to nutritious food is associated with increased hospitalizations and emergency room visits among HIV-positive individuals, and ensuring that patients have enough to eat may need to be a priority for the doctors and nurses who treat them, the San Francisco Chronicle says. In a paper released Wednesday, the scientists reported that 56 percent of HIV-positive patients who are homeless or living in substandard housing are also food insecure, which is defined as a regular inability to obtain enough healthy food. The researchers looked at 347 HIV patients, all of whom live in San Francisco.

    22 August 2012 | San Francisco Chronicle
  • Ugandan HIV/AIDS patients grapple with poor nutrition

    Mr. Paul Nabende, 62, has been HIV positive since 2006. Although fit and strong between 2007-2009 and able to look for food and money for himself and his children, he has now weakened so much that he can’t work or afford to feed himself and his family.

    03 January 2012 | Key Correspondents
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