When it comes to nutrition of HIV, there isn't a whole lot of information about the nourishment of the virus. Instead nutrition of HIV generally refers to the nutrition a person must attain as a result of HIV.


Many HIV+ people end up losing a lot of weight and become malnourished. This is a big problem because nutrition is important in keeping a healthy immune system. HIV compromises the immune system for those infected, so as a result keeping good nutrition is a key way to keep from lowering the immune system. Here are some tips:

  • It is important if you have HIV to wash all food products thoroughly. If products are not washed properly, there is an increased chance of infection from food contaminants.

  • Have high protein foods. Meat products are all considered complete protein foods. The only animal source that is not a complete protein source is gelatin. If you are a vegetarian or have lost interest in meat, there are other ways of getting protein. These sources are beans, eggs and soy. There are some meals that are especially protein rich because they combine more than one protein group. Some of these meals for example are beans and rice or a peanut butter sandwich. Of course, protein shakes and drinks are a good way to get the necessary protein if you aren't into the other sources.

  • Keep eating healthy if you already do, and if you don't, start! Full nutritious meals keeps your immune system at its best. Remember that a good way to keep your body healthy is to stay active, and if you aren't, start!

  • Eat bland neutral foods if moth sores form. Keeping the food from being too extreme such as hot/cold, spicy or citrus is a good way keep the sores from getting agitated.

If you have any more concerns about nutrition during HIV, go to Webmd.