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    1. What to Eat When You Have HIV

      There’s no specific eating plan for people with HIV, but an overall healthy diet can help your health a lot. Having the virus weakens your immune system. Because your body uses nutrients to keep up its defenses against germs, eating well can help you fight off infections. It can also boost your ener

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    2. HIV and Your Diet: Countering Weight Loss

      Most people with HIV don't need a special diet. But if you're feeling sick and having symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, or weight loss, you may need some changes to what and how you eat. Losing too much weight can be serious. Without good nutrition, you may get sicker. "Good nutrition is very importan

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    3. HIV as You Get Older

      By 2013, almost 30 percent of all people with HIV were age 50 or over. This greying of the HIV population shows how well today’s HIV treatments can work. HIV makes aging itself more complicated. But plenty of people have had HIV for years, even decades, and are doing well. "These days, we fully expe

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    4. HIV: Is a Cure in Reach?

      Researchers remain hopeful that they're heading in the right direction to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS. Two babies who were treated as infants for HIV lived for years without any signs of the virus. Now, one of them is testing positive for HIV again. But the treatments at least held the virus at bay

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    5. Advances in HIV Treatment: Understanding ART

      Antiretroviral therapy -- or ART -- revolutionized HIV treatment in the past few decades. And newer improvements, like one-pill-a-day drugs, are making life with HIV easier and safer. "HIV really is a chronic disease now," says Brad Hare, MD, medical director of the HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisc

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    6. HIV Testing: What You Need to Know

      Wondering if you should get an HIV test? The answer is: Yes. "Everybody needs to be tested for HIV at least once," says Brad Hare, director of the HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisco General Hospital. Fortunately, HIV testing is easier, quicker, and more accurate than it used to be. And because HIV t

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    7. Sex and Intimacy With HIV

      If you or your partner has HIV, know this: With treatment and protection, you can have a long, healthy life together -- and have good sex together, too. You have to use protection, whether you're HIV-positive or you're in a mixed-status couple, in which one person has HIV and the other doesn't. Use

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    8. HIV and Pregnancy

      HIV-positive women who are thinking about getting pregnant -- or already are pregnant -- have options that can help them stay healthy and protect their babies from becoming HIV-infected. Since the mid-1990s, HIV testing and preventive measures have resulted in more than a 90% decline in the number o

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    9. 3 Things Alicia Keys Does to Feel Good

      For a woman with a catalogue of famous songs credited to her, Keys cites just one as the soundtrack for her life: Nina Simone’s “I’m Feeling Good.” The lyrics are optimistic: “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me, and I’m feeling good.” And with her marriage to music producer, rap

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    10. Alicia Keys Gives Back to Kids Affected by HIV and AIDS

      Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys, 30, had her first baby more than a year ago, a handsome bundle of joy named Egypt. He has "the most perfect eyes and beautiful nose, the sweetest lips, and skin so soft and kissable! Never have I felt such disbelief, such awe, humility, godlines

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