Today, Decemeber 1st, 2008, is the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Much has been accomplished in the past twenty years, but with an estimated 33 million people currently infected with the deadly disease, there is much still to be done. While education and prevention are the principle weapons in combating AIDS, equally important are the efforts to neutralize the cause of the disease, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Many breakthroughs have occured over the years (HAART for example), and hopes are pinned on further improvements in treatment to allow HIV+ individuals long, full lives. One of the simple parts of the equation is nutrition. Below are some of the principle nutritional suggestions for those afflicted with the disease, a link to our full HealthNotes article on the subject, as well as several other links to informational websites.
- Daily multivitamin supplements to prevent common deficiencies associated with the disease
- 400 mcg a day of selenium under a doctor’s supervision can result in fewer infections, a healthier appetite, and other benefits
- 800 mg a day of the supplement N-acetyl cysteine to slow the decline in immune function
- 990 mg of Boxwood a day to support CD4 cell counts
- Forego foods made with wheat, rye, barley, or oats to reduce symptoms of diarrhea
- Slow HIV progression by exercising three to four times each week
These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading the full HIV and AIDS article for more in-depth, fully-referenced information on medicines, vitamins, herbs, and dietary and lifestyle changes that may be helpful.
One.org: World Aids Day
NutraUSA: The role of nutrition in living with HIV/AIDS
Avert.org: World Stats
The Global Fight: Global Fund
World Vision: Hope Child Sponsorship
CNN: Much accomplished, much to do
wowOwow: Countries Around the World Commemorate World AIDS Day