Posted by: Lee | 2007/06/08


I am a 52 years old female, HIV positive and currently on antiretrovirals . I am not sick or anything but I would like to gain weight . I am also not sure whether I can take vitamins to gain weight, please advise on any weight gain shakes or supplements that you know.

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Dear Lee
Are you the same Lee who posted a similar question on the 2nd of June 2007? If so, here is my answer again. The most important thing for People living with HIV-AIDS is to eat a balanced diet. 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: Also 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" which explains that certain foods like garlic can for example reduce the effectiveness of certain antiretrovirals by up to 50%. I have also written some articles on weight gaining if this should be a problem in your case. For basic information click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Diet Basics' and 'Weight gaining' and read the articles. Companies like Fresenius Kabi and Nestle, among others, make meal replacement supplements Phone Fresenius on (011) 203-2000, or the Nestle Consumer Services at 0860 09 6789 and ask about Nutritional Supplements to boost your energy intake. In regard to taking vitamin supplements it is important to discuss this with the dr who is currently treating you, because research has identified that taking some supplements may do more harm than good.
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