Diet for HIV
Eating a healthy HIV diet is important and will help reduce the risk of developing other health conditions. The Food Chain website provides lots of information on HIV and nutrition.
Some people choose to take HIV supplements, such as vitamins and minerals in tablet or liquid form, to boost immunity. For example, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium and zinc. There are some herbal HIV supplements that are dangerous as they may interfere with medication, for example, taking garlic tablets. For more information about HIV supplements, visit the Aidsmap website.
There is little evidence to confirm that these actually have any effect on the body, and we recommend you discuss with your GP or HIV clinician before embarking on a programme of supplements for HIV.
Exercise for HIV
If you have HIV, undertaking regular exercise will help keep your body strong and healthy and reduce the risk of you developing other long-term health conditions such as heart disease. Exercise does not affect your HIV – it will not make it worse or better, but it will make you healthier and can improve mood and wellbeing.
For more information on developing an exercise programme, visit the Aidsmap website.
HIV and employment
There are some restrictions on employment if you have HIV, for example, you will not be permitted to join the armed forces. Restrictions on practicing healthcare have recently been changed, so that people with HIV are now permitted to work in healthcare (doctors, nurses, dentists) etc, but must have a zero viral load and agree to regular monitoring of their condition.
Otherwise though, people with HIV are able to work and most people find it has little to no impact on their working life. Some people choose to tell their employer that they are HIV positive and others do not – you do not legally have to do this.
For more advice about everyday concerns about employment, visit the NAT website.