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What diet should an HIV positive person follow?

Q: Which food items are beneficial for HIV positive people? Can a person perform normally during HAART? When is HAART initiated to a patient?

A:An HIV positive person can and should eat all types of food items that are recommended as part of the balanced diet. It means eat correct quantities of cereals, pulses, eggs, milk, meat, chicken, green leafy vegetables, seasonal fruits etc. Yes, a person can work normally during highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART). For initiation of HAART, a complete evaluation of the person’s health status is carried out (such as CD4 count, viral load etc.). There are certain criteria on which doctors decide when to start HAART. CD4 count is one such criterion.


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