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Safe Food and Water for HIV Patients

Should I take special measures with food and water in other countries?

Yes. Not all countries have high standards of food hygiene. You need to take special care abroad, particularly in developing countries. Follow these rules when in other countries:

  • Do not eat uncooked fruits and vegetables unless you can peel them. Avoid salads.
  • Eat cooked foods while they are still hot.
  • Boil all water before drinking it. Use only ice made from boiled water. Drink only canned or bottled drinks or beverages made with boiled water.
  • Steaming-hot foods, fruits you peel yourself, bottled and canned processed drinks, and hot coffee or tea should be safe.

Talk with your health care provider about other advice on travel abroad.

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