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More than Half of those with HIV in the UK are Overweight: the Surprising Issues Facing Those Living with HIV

“ARVs have radically changed the picture of malnutrition most of us associate with HIV,” Alastair Duncan said. “Early data from the BDA’s DHIVA specialist group audit suggests that more than half of people living with HIV in the UK are overweight or obese, with only about one-in-nine being underweight. In fact by far the most common issues facing HIV dietitians in the outpatient clinic these days are dyslipidaemia, hypertension, diabetes and osteoporosis, with over 75% of HIV patients Vitamin D deficient."

Published
26 November 2012
From
British Dietetic Association press release
South Africa: Surviving On an Empty Stomach

Nombulelo Manala Lubhelu (45) of Lusikisiki-kwaGqwarhu location has taken the tough decision of declining lifesaving antiretrovirals (ARVs) because she is simply too poor to buy food and does not want to take her medication on an empty stomach.

Published
31 October 2012
From
AllAfrica
Food insecurity adds to health problems in HIV

People with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who don't have reliable access to nutritious food are more likely to end up in the hospital than those who regularly get enough to eat, a new study from San Francisco suggests.

Published
13 September 2012
From
Reuters
Vitamin B12 During Hepatitis C Treatment

Although requiring further investigation, a study has demonstrated Vitamin B12 as capable of boosting the success of Hepatitis C treatment.

Published
22 August 2012
From
Hepatitis Central
Better food seen as key in AIDS treatment

Inadequate access to nutritious food is associated with increased hospitalizations and emergency room visits among HIV-positive individuals, and ensuring that patients have enough to eat may need to be a priority for the doctors and nurses who treat them, the San Francisco Chronicle says. In a paper released Wednesday, the scientists reported that 56 percent of HIV-positive patients who are homeless or living in substandard housing are also food insecure, which is defined as a regular inability to obtain enough healthy food. The researchers looked at 347 HIV patients, all of whom live in San Francisco.

Published
22 August 2012
From
San Francisco Chronicle
High Dose Vitamin D Prevents Fractures

High doses of vitamin D prevent fractures in older people – as long as they take the substance regularly.

Published
05 July 2012
From
Medical News Today
In South LA, 'food deserts' impact health of HIV/AIDS patients

For people living with HIV or AIDS, nutrition is a key component of any treatment plan. But living in neighborhoods where healthy food options are few and far between — with an outsize presence of fast-food outlets — eating a proper diet can prove difficult.

Published
08 May 2012
From
Los Angeles Wave Newspapers
Diet Improves Lipids in HAART-Treated Patients

A dietary intervention introduced before human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients begin highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) prevents dyslipidemia that is typically associated with treatment, research published in the March 13, 2012 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows.

Published
07 March 2012
From
Medscape (requires free registration)
Vitamin D May Improve Bone Health in Those Taking Anti-HIV Drug

A new NIH-funded study indicates that taking Vitamin D supplements can help prevent hormonal changes that lead to bone loss amongst patients taking tenofovir (Viread) for the long-term treatment of HIV.

Published
12 January 2012
From
National Institutes of Health press release
Ugandan HIV/AIDS patients grapple with poor nutrition

Mr. Paul Nabende, 62, has been HIV positive since 2006. Although fit and strong between 2007-2009 and able to look for food and money for himself and his children, he has now weakened so much that he can’t work or afford to feed himself and his family.

Published
03 January 2012
From
Key Correspondents

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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