Our expert says:
Patients with HIV have a great need for energy and protein to prevent wasting and protective nutrients to boost their immunity. I would suggest that you make soup or stew with meat, dried beans, peas or lentils, and a good variety of vegetables (cabbage and tomatoes, or pumpkin or butternut, etc) and eat as much as you can of the soup or stew together with maize meal porridge or rice or bread because you need foods that give you energy so that you can put on weight. Eating fruit and vegetables will boost your immune system, but not supply you with enough energy to put on some weight. If you would like to obtain more information about the dietary treatment of HIV you can 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. I would also suggest that you contact your nearest clinic to find out if you can obtain the correct medications for HIV.
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