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Maintaining weight

If you are sick with HIV/AIDS you need more food to recover from illness. When your body does not get enough food it uses energy and protein stored in fat and muscles. This leads to weight loss, muscle weakness and malnutrition from which it takes longer to recover. Once weight has been lost it is difficult to regain it.

Why do people with HIV/AIDS not eat enough food?

Gain weight by eating more food

Try to eat three good meals daily with frequent snacks in between

Keep active and stay fit

Exercise helps you to gain weight properly.

Increase your intake of vitamins and minerals

Your immune system needs vitamins and minerals to function properly. When you are ill with HIV/AIDS you need even more.

During infection

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