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How can I deal with a lack of appetite from HIV?

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If you have HIV and don't feel like eating, try these tips:

  • Exercise to help stimulate your appetite.
  • Don't drink too much right before meals.
  • Eat with family or friends. This makes meals more appealing.
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals.
  • Eat foods with different textures, shapes, and colors.
  • Ask your doctor about medications that stimulate appetite.

From: Nutrition and HIV/AIDS WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Nerad J. . Tufts School of Medicine: "Lipodystrophy."  Tufts School of Medicine: "Why is good nutrition important in HIV?"  Tufts School of Medicine: "Building a high quality diet."  Tufts School of Medicine: "Nausea."  Tufts School of Medicine: "Diarrhea." Association of Nutrition Services Agencies: "General Nutrition Requirements." UCSF HIVInSite: "Diet and Nutrition." Pasco County Health Department: "Putting the Pieces Together: A Companion Guide to Improving Nutrition and Food Safety for Persons Living With HIV."








Clinical Infectious Diseases

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 11, 2019

SOURCES: Nerad J. . Tufts School of Medicine: "Lipodystrophy."  Tufts School of Medicine: "Why is good nutrition important in HIV?"  Tufts School of Medicine: "Building a high quality diet."  Tufts School of Medicine: "Nausea."  Tufts School of Medicine: "Diarrhea." Association of Nutrition Services Agencies: "General Nutrition Requirements." UCSF HIVInSite: "Diet and Nutrition." Pasco County Health Department: "Putting the Pieces Together: A Companion Guide to Improving Nutrition and Food Safety for Persons Living With HIV."








Clinical Infectious Diseases

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 11, 2019

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