oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - HIV infection and exercise

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



There is sufficient evidence to support the advice that HIV-positive patients should be encouraged to undertake regular exercise. They will experience a training effect dependent on the normal parameters of frequency, intensity, duration, and mode of exercise. It appears that the first bout of exercise will not detrimentally affect their immune status. Exercise can be tailored to meet individual requirements, which may vary from aerobic training to improve work capacity, to resistance training to improve strength and to maintain or gain weight.

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