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Drug and Alcohol Use If You Have HIV

Use of intravenous (IV) drugs increases the risk of HIV progression, although the reasons for this are not clear. The use of IV drugs makes it more difficult to follow a treatment plan and increases the risk of transmitting HIV to others.

Abuse of marijuana, cocaine (crack), or other drugs, or abuse of alcohol, also increases the rate of HIV progression.

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Nutrition and HIV/AIDS

If you're HIV-positive, nutrition and HIV is a subject you'll want to pay special attention to. That's because your body will undergo changes, both from medications and the disease itself. For example, you may experience extreme weight loss, infections, or diarrhea. Another common change is lipodystrophy (fat distribution syndrome) which can cause body shape changes and increases in cholesterol levels. Making improvements in your diet can improve your health and how well you feel. Here are a few...

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
Last Revised April 8, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 08, 2010
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