HIV – Associated



Nutrition and exercise

Proper nutrition and exercise are essential to help address HIV-associated wasting. Encourage your patients to speak with you about creating an effective exercise routine and diet program.


  • Nutritional counseling has been shown to increase caloric intake in patients
  • Giving patients supplemental high-calorie drinks, working with them to create a plan for balancing their diet, and targeting specific dietary deficiencies may help patients gain weight


  • Resistance training exercises have been shown to increase LBM and muscular strength, but patients need proper equipment and training
  • Light to moderate exercise is safe for people living with HIV
  • Exercises that may benefit your patients include:
    • Aerobic: swimming, cycling, walking
    • Strength training
    • Flexibility training

Learn about the symptoms your patients may be experiencing so that you can recognize the signs and begin diagnosing HIV-associated wasting.

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