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How much protein should I eat if I have HIV?

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Protein helps build muscles, organs, and a strong immune system. To get enough of the right types of protein:

  • Aim for 100-150 grams a day if you're an HIV-positive man.
  • Aim for 80-100 grams a day if you're an HIV-positive woman.
  • If you have kidney disease, don't get more than 15-20% of your calories from protein. Too much can put stress on your kidneys.

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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