oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Nutrition and nutritional supplements in HIV : OTC products

Volume 7, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



The emphasis on nutrition is important in all stages of HIV infection and should focus on recommending a healthy eating pattern and a balanced diet. The intention is to maintain body weight by eating a wide variety of healthy foods. Nonetheless, many individuals infected with HIV suffer from malnutrition. The causes of such malnutrition are varied and range from socio-economic factors to depression and reduced food intake as a result of oral or oesophageal thrush.

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