Nutrition counselling for adolescents and adults with HIV/AIDS
Good nutrition can help to maintain and improve the nutritional status of people with HIV/AIDS. Nutrition counselling may improve health outcomes in adolescents and adults with HIV by reducing the incidence of HIV-associated complications and delaying the progression of HIV infection, thereby improving quality of life and ultimately reducing disease-related mortality.
The risk of undernutrition increases significantly during the course of the concomitant infection and with the presence of concomitant infection. Nutritional counselling, care and support is important from the early stages of the infection to prevent the development of nutritional deficiencies.
WHO recommends that adolescent and adults living with HIV and not showing signs of illness should make every effort to adopt healthy and balanced nutrition patterns. Once people become ill, they will have specific nutritional needs depending on the nature of the illness.
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Other guidance documents
WHO Report of a technical consultation: Nutrient requirements for people living with HIV/AIDS
WHO Consultative meeting on nutrition interventions for improving the prevention, care and management of HIV/AIDS
WHO manual on nutritional care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS