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How many calories should I eat if I have HIV?

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Calories are the energy in foods that provide your body with fuel. To maintain your lean body mass, you may need to increase calories. To get enough calories:

  • Eat and drink 17 calories per pound of your body weight if you've been maintaining your weight.
  • Eat and drink 20 calories per pound if you have an opportunistic infection.
  • Eat and drink 25 calories per pound if you are losing weight.

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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