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20 Jul 2012 description

Food and nutrition support is essential for keeping people living with HIV healthy longer and for improving the effectiveness of treatment.

People living with HIV have weakened immune systems and increased nutritional needs. Poor people living with HIV often only begin treatment after HIV — and malnutrition — have already reached an advanced stage.

Poor nutritional status and HIV can reinforce each other in a vicious cycle. The combination of food insecurity and HIV can result in greater poverty, malnutrition and health risks.