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How can I deal with diarrhea from HIV?

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If you have diarrhea caused by HIV, you should:

  • Drink more fluids than usual. Try diluted juices or Gatorade.
  • Limit milk and sugary or caffeinated drinks.
  • Eat slowly and more frequently.
  • Avoid greasy foods.
  • Try the B.R.A.T. diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) for a brief time.
  • Instead of fresh produce, try well-cooked vegetables or canned ones.
  • Try calcium carbonate supplements or fiber supplements like Metamucil wafers.

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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