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1. Have a healthy and balanced diet

A diet that consists of a variety of foods rich in nutrients can help provide the energy and nutrition you need to boost your immune system and fight the infection. If you experience reduced appetite due to mouth sores, nausea, taste changes, or fatigue, you could try different healthful foods that appeal to you and eat smaller meals more often – when you feel like eating.

2. Make sure your food and drinks are clean and safe

As HIV affects the immune system and hence the body’s resistance to infections, it is important for you to make sure that your meals and drinks are prepared properly to avoid food poisoning.

3. Maintain a healthy weight

For reasons yet unclear, a person living with HIV expends more energy, especially when her immune system is increasingly compromised. So, if you consume less energy, then your body may turn to its fat and protein stores for energy. Hence, it is vital for you to keep your weight within a healthy range.

As your body recovers after going on treatment (highly-active antiretroviral therapy), you may regain your weight easily. When that happens, consult your healthcare provider on how to manage your weight with a healthy diet. Being overweight and obese might put you at risk for other health problems like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

4. Take good care of yourself

Stress can affect your immune system, so do take time to relax and enjoy life with close friends and family. Practice good personal hygiene, try quitting smoking, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

5. Exercise!

When you feel up to it, doing an regular exercise you enjoy can increase your strength and give you energy to work and play. If you have doubts, talk to your healthcare provider about them before you start.



Nusrat Ara's picture

Dear Leah,Hope you are fine

Dear Leah,

Hope you are fine and well. I think The first points you have made are for everybody not only for people living with HIV :).
But of course those with HIV can't afford to have unhealthy choices.

Lots of Love and Best wishes


Auma's picture

Dearest Nusrat-

I am fine and well,thank you.Great to know that these points are for everybody! Maybe i shoukd have had a title like "How To Stay Healthy" :>) The only difference however,after this stage wouild be that those with HIV have low immunity,and slight mistakes can lead to major attacks,sometimes as you have said,unhealthy choices is not an option.



Victoria Vorosciuc's picture

Good tips

Dear Leah,

These are good tips for a healthy person as well!

With strong wishes of health to everyone,


Victoria Vorosciuc
Project Coordinator
"Empowering women to participate
in community life"
WorldPulse Media Corresspondent

Auma's picture

Thank you,Vic.

I see this rules as having been applied to all.Please read my reply to Nusrat above.

All of us surely need good health.



sunita.basnet's picture

Some Suggestion for HIV COUPLE

Dear Leah,

Thank you so much for oyur tips. I also believe that above tips can be helpful to all the people in order to stay healthy.

While I was doing research about the HIV I found some of the tips for HIV couples, I believe this is also equally important for HIV couple who are thinking to give birth to a child after they have HIV.

If one of the couple has HIV positive and are considering having children, there are various methods to have children without passing HIV virus to another such as artificial insemination and In vitro fertilization (IVR). However, they are expensive and will have various side effects. For instance, While doing artificial Insemination, the HIV person will have hot flashes, depression, irritability, headaches, restless at night and continued vaginal bleeding. Similarly, the side effect of In Vitro fertilizer also includes vaginal bleeding or spotting, abdominal cramping, and the cost is $12,000-$17.

Furthermore, you need to know three ways of passing HIV from mother to a child: during the blood circulation to the unborn child in the womb, infection during delivery, and breastfeeding. If you didn’t follow the treatment, your child will be about 26% more likely to have HIV. Therefore, you need to take drugs while pregnancy, during pregnancy and after delivery which will help to reduce the risk dramatically to less than 2%.You need to take Retrovir (AZT, zidovudine) during pregnancy, Intravenous Retrovir during delivery, treating oral Retrovir for six weeks to the new born child. Recently, a single dose of VIramune, trail medication is a prevention method for vertical transmission. If you want more information please find the below link about HIV and the prevention methods.

Work Cited
Yourtotalhealth, “Artificial Insemination”, (Accessed December 06, 2009).

Fertility Community.Com, “In Vitro Fertilization and embryo Transfer”, (Accessed December 06, 2009).

Mark Cichocki, R.N.“Pregnancy and HIV,” (Accessed November 06, 2009).

Elizabeth Boskey, What do I Need to Know About HIV During Pregnancy?”,, August 07, 2007, (Accessed December 06, 2009).

Mark Cichocki, R.N.“How do Doctors Prevent HIV Tranmission from Mother to Baby?”, (Accessed december 06, 2009).

Thank you so much dear.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Auma's picture

These are helpful tips!

Thank you,Sunita for theses tips! Unfortunately,thousands of children are still affected by HIV every year.Now it is getting better because most women opt for testing during pregnancy.

Also in my country,sometimes it is not continously well done because of lack of means of transportation.Women therefore find it too expensive to get to the clinics.

Stigma associated with HIV is another major issue,causing many women not to test or reveal their HIV status.Also,unfortunately,many care givers advice People Living With AIDS against having children,and so help is mostly availed to those who are already pregnant.

Thank you Sunita.I want to go through these sites right away.



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