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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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25 March 2014 13:34 CET

Category 2 intervention

Systematic review(s) have been conducted but no recent guidelines yet available that have been approved by the WHO Guidelines Review Committee