Iron is important for immunity, but at certain times too much iron may be counter-productive. During an acute infection, iron is removed from the blood and stored in the liver. There is some evidence that this response prevents the growth of bacteria, since high levels of iron seem to stimulate the growth of bacteria. On the other hand, iron deficiency causes a fall in T-cell numbers, reducing immunity to infection. Unless there is clear iron deficiency anaemia, not AZT (zidovudine, Retrovir)-related anaemia, there is no good reason to supplement iron.

Good food sources of iron are meat (especially liver), poultry and fish.

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

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.