Our expert says:
With a BMI = 15,9, you are indeed severely underweight. I trust that you are under the care of a medical doctor who is prescribing your ARVs? If so please ask him/her to refer you to a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will assist you with an individual diet prescription which takes your present condition, underweight and medications into account. If you are not able to consult a dietitian, then please contact the SA Sugar Association to obtain their Booklet on 'Food Choices for People Living with HIV' from The Nutrition Department, SA Sugar Association, P O Box 700, Mount Edgecombe, 4300, or phone: (031) 508-7000, or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org for excellent information on diets for HIV. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'DietDoc's articles' to find the article I wrote awhile ago on "Update on HIV/AIDS & Diet". Basically HIV-patients need to eat a high-energy diet that contains plenty of proteins, but because the HIV can cause problems with certain foods, you do need to have the assistance of a dietitian to monitor how you are progressing.
Holding thumbs that you will now be able to gain some weight.
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